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$46 million for Chiawana High

PASCO, Wash.- $46 million of state money went to the Pasco School District for construction of the new Chiawana High School.

It's about 15% of all the funding the state allocated statewide.

All of it for the construction of Pasco's new Chiawana High.

It's actually part of state law that the money be given to the district because the district passed their bond last year.

Combine that with Pasco High School being the biggest in the state, and the state government has to match all of the money the district raises through bonds.

"When you have too many students for the space you have then they're required by law to match dollars that the community raises," said Dr. Dennis Maguire with the district.

The district says the state match is the only way they can build the new $97 million high school.

Groundbreaking on that school is scheduled for the fall and students should be in by 2009.