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A Tale Of Two Schools; Sacajawea Neighbors Appeal Plan

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It is a tale of two schools. The city of Richland is making plans to temporarily put two schools on one lot. It is a tale of two schools. The city of Richland is making plans to temporarily put two schools on one lot.

RICHLAND, WA – It is a tale of two schools. The city of Richland is making plans to temporarily put two schools on one lot.

NBC Right Now spoke with homeowners in the neighborhood around Sacajawea Elementary about having more students in their neighborhood.

While we have seen reports of neighbors speaking out against the construction of a new school. Not all are on the same page. The new school would bring more traffic at certain times during the day. More students running around the neighborhood would require caution signs, strictly enforced and reduced speed limits and possibly more crosswalks. Some people who live near Sacajawea Elementary say they knew what they were getting into when they moved there.

"I don't see an easier way for them to accomplish what they need to do with replacing all three of the schools and I see where they have the space to do what they want to do here and so I suspect in terms of their various options it's probably the least of all evils," said Dirk Peterson who lives directly across from the existing school.

At the Richland City Council meeting Tuesday night, the council approved and affirmed the planning commission's recommendation to allow the Richland school district to operate two schools at the Sacajewea Elementary site while the construction of Marcus Whitman is underway.

The recommendation also requires that the schools have staggered start times at least 30 minutes apart to minimize traffic concerns.  It also requires that the parking lot be configured for at least 150 spaces to accommodate parents from both schools.
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