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Portables to help solve overcrowding problem for Richland School District

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RICHLAND, WA - Student enrollment keeps growing each year, and that's why the district has decided to add twelve classrooms at Hanford and Richland High Schools.

According to Richard Krasner with the school district, these modular buildings will help them deal with overcrowding for up to six years.

"Our enrollment keeps growing, so we need more classrooms and we are putting these together," said Krasner. "They're permanent foundation, they're part of the school once we get them completed. They are not portable, we don't have to move them site to site. They'll be a permanent fixture."

Both high schools will have the same construction layout, and Krasner says they are excited to help relieve some of the stress.

"A little over 16,000 square feet, it'll have an interior hallway, twelve classrooms, restrooms, an office, and work area upfront," Krasner said. "We are going to match the exteriors with the colors of the schools so it'll blend right in, just like any other building."

Both projects will be completed by the end of summer, and will be ready for the next school year.

"It won't be a final solution, but it'll help us until we get to the point where we are ready to add another high school."

Krasner adds that the board has discussed the possibility of a new high school, and the idea will be included in the school's bond proposal ballot in 2021.