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As the Tri-Cities continues to grow, our local school districts are working hard to keep up. Two ceremonies Thursday marked the first steps toward a pair of new schools. As the Tri-Cities continues to grow, our local school districts are working hard to keep up. Two ceremonies Thursday marked the first steps toward a pair of new schools.
RICHLAND, WA - As the Tri-Cities continues to grow, our local school districts are working hard to keep up. Two ceremonies Thursday marked the first steps toward a pair of new schools.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday morning at the new site of the Barbara McClintock STEM elementary in Pasco and over in Richland they broke ground on the new and improved Sacajawea Elementary. The school districts say they are excited to get kids into these brand new buildings.

"Everybody knows we need classrooms," explained John Morgan the assistant superintendent of Pasco schools.

The school district celebrated breaking ground on the very first stem kindergarten school in the state. The kids that tossed the first shovels of dirt will be part of that very first class of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students.

"I think it's great in the fact that it allows students and allows staff to use the application process of what they learn," said Morgan.

In Richland the new Sacajawea Elementary will be going up next to the old one. The staff there has been working in a building refitted to make state mandated smaller class sizes work. Their new facility will have more floors, more classrooms and more room for learning.

"It speaks volumes about how the Tri-Cities values education. Their willingness to pass bond measures to support new schools also brings in more business as well," said Principal Jim Bruce.

When it is built, Marcus Whitman students will use the old building until they get a new school. While neighbors have been concerned about more traffic through the area with two elementary schools eventually functioning at once, the district believes this is the best way to make sure their students get the facilities they deserve.

"This is a really exciting opportunity and time for our entire staff and our entire Sacajawea community," said Bruce.

Both schools, McClintock Elementary in Pasco and Sacajawea Elementary in Richland are expected to open in August of 2015, just in time for the new school year. 
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