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New dual-language school expected to be open by fall of 2019

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KENNEWICK, WA - The Kennewick School District already has a dual-language program, but now, this program will be getting its own school.

The dual-language program is now offered at Edison and Hawthorne Elementary Schools and at Highlands Middle School, and as part of the program, kids will receive 50% of the instruction in English and 50% in Spanish. 

Dave Bond, Superintendent of the Kennewick School District, says there is a need for bilingual people in our area.

"What this program aims to do is to create a large group of kids who can be fluent in English and Spanish, so they can serve the community with translation needs," Bond said.

The school district will use part of a $51 million state grant to build the new school, and it'll be located where the old Desert Hills Middle School used to be.

"We turn away students who want dual-language because we don't have space for them, so this will create some more space for dual-language kids," Bond said.

They are expecting between 500 to 600 students, and the school will have 32 classrooms.

"By building a new school and moving kids out of Edison and Hawthorne, we'll be able to create more space in those buildings to reduce class sizes," said Bond.

School leaders hope to open the new dual-language school by fall of 2019.