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High School Focused on Math and Science Starts Foundation

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RICHLAND, Wash-- A high school focused on math and science is one step closer to getting started. The partners who want to open the high school established a foundation to raise $300,000 to renovate the school's building. 
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. It's part of a collaboration of WSU Tri-Cities, Battelle, and Columbia Basin College. 

All three school districts, Pasco, Kennewick and Richland also support the school. Funding for each student that attends the STEM school will follow them from the district they would be going to. 

The stem school will be at the old CBC campus in Richland. They hope to open classes to 100 students in the fall of 2009 if they can raise $300,000 more.

"It gives a new option for students that might want a smaller more personalized school. It allows us to attract students that maybe don't think of themselves in terms of STEM careers into the STEM field and that is critical for the Tri-Cities because we have so many technical company's here," said Jacqueline Fernette, Secretary of the WA STEM Foundation.

The school will start with 100 ninth graders next year. They will add another class each year until they have 400 students.