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Construction continues at Richland and Hanford High Schools

RICHLAND, Wash. - If you have not been inside Hanford or Richland High School lately you might not recognize the buildings because both are under serious construction renovations.

Everyone is trying their best to deal with all the renovations.  Officials from both schools said that they are on schedule and do not expect to go over budget.  40 million dollars is being spent on each school.

Caleb Guyll is a Richland High School Student.  He said, "It's been like a scavenger hunt.  Trying to find the best route to get to class."

One senior student said, "even as a senior I was confused as to where a couple classes had switched to because of the construction."

But despite all work being done to the schools most students said that they are excited about the changes.

Jamie McCallum is a Richland High School Student.  He said, "I think it's going to be a really nice school when it's done."

Danielle Abbott is from Hanford High and said, "They have windows which is really unique, our old school didn't have windows."

School officials said half of the work is already done at Hanford High School and report that everything is expected to be finished by the beginning of next year.

Howard Rickard works for Richland School District.  He said, "It's long over due, much needed facility for the patrons of the Richland School District."

Down the road over at Richland construction will not be done until 2008.  School officials said both schools want to ultimately hold about 2,200 students each.

Mike Edwards is one of the Vice Principals at Richland.  He said, "We're doing great as far as I know.  They haven't told me to slow down yet. So we're doing good.  We're staying within the budget and able to get the things we need."

The Richland School District said more money has come from the state, but recent increased building costs and gas prices have really put a strain on the budget.