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Tri-Cities School Leaders Got Together To Discuss Possible Science High School

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Wednesday evening the school board members from Pasco, Kennewick, and Richland gathered in Kennewick to hear about plans for a possible new public high school that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math as so known as STEM. 

District leaders involved in the project say they would like to see a diverse student body.  They said this would be for students of all different types of learning levels, and said this would not be a school for just the "smart kids".

Battelle has provided $70,000 to help get the project off the ground.  School officials said they want to figure out if it is a possibility for the Tri-Cities. Battelle employees would ultimately like to play a role in educating students at the school and provide internships at PNNL.

The money will be used to hire a planning manager to explore the idea. School officials from around the Tri-Cities are expected to participate. 

School Officials said there are a lot of details that need to be worked out, but they are looking at a similar school in Columbus, Ohio, the Metro School that has gone national attention which has been up and running for the past year.

Leaders envision the school possibly open by the fall of 2008 or 2009 depending on how all the planning goes and how the public reacts to the idea.

W.S.U. TriCities Officials has offered to provide temporary space for the new school and said they would work closely with teachers at the new high school.

The school is expected to hold about 100 students per grade, totally 400 in the entire school.

School leaders said more planning and more meetings are expected in the near future.