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Design of new elementary underway

Construction documents are being prepared for the Richland School District's 11th elementary school.

The school will be built near the intersection of Belmont Boulevard and Bluewood Street in West Richland. The timeline and site plan can be accessed at this link.

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State Education News

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s (OSPI) Child Nutrition Services section encourages eligible nonresidential licensed child-care centers, family day-care homes, emergency shelters, at-risk centers and some adult day care centers in Washington state to participate in the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
A national report released this week named Washington as a state with strong systems to ensure school districts are accountable for students’ education.
The Supreme Court largely affirmed the state’s position that most of the mechanisms for full funding of basic education are in place.
Almost $1 million in grants were awarded to improve access to computer science and related educational programs in Washington state, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) announced today.

U.S. Dept. of Education News

Washington — Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced $10.4 million in additional funds to assist students at more than 900 schools affected by the recent natural disasters. The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program funds will be distributed to schools located in Federal Emergency Management Agency-declared major disaster areas impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as well as schools across the nation that have enrolled a significant number of students from the impacted areas.
Washington — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the Department will host two Rethink School Summits in the coming weeks—the first focused on higher education and the second on K-12. These summits will bring together education leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs from around the country who are demonstrating student-centric models can improve student achievement.
Washington — The U.S. Department of Education today released a question-and-answer document supporting the unanimous March 2017 U.S. Supreme Court opinion on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)-related case Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District clarifying the scope of a free appropriate public education (FAPE).
Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension committee held a hearing on reauthorizing the Higher Education Act (HEA) and proposals to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The following is a statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos:

“Washington has been talking about simplifying the FAFSA for years, but now is the time for action. Students and schools have demanded and truly deserve a better, simpler process.

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Louise Bohl, Richland High School
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Louise Bohl, Richland High School

Thrift store opens thanks to positive partnership (photo gallery)


A thrift store to serve Hanford High School students opened this week thanks to the efforts of Communities in Schools, HHS DECA, and Home Depot. Home Depot employees volunteered their time to install racks and shelving in an old janitorial closet.

Community members wishing to donate new or gently used clothing & shoes to Falcon Finds can do so by dropping off items at the HHS main office.

Image Title: Hanford High School DECA
Hanford High School DECA

Ongoing safety and security drills are a top priority


Safety drills are an important component of the Richland School District emergency response plan. Each RSD school conducts at least nine drills each year including three lockdown drills.

A point of emphasis at a recent lockdown drill at Richland High School was checking every exterior door to make sure the doors were locking automatically. Seen above are RHS Principal Tim Praino and Richland Police officers checking one of the door locking mechanisms.


Richland School District announces $9.5 million savings for taxpayers


The Richland School District is reducing tax costs for taxpayers. On December 7, the District sold $29.5 million worth of construction bonds at a 2.80% interest rate, significantly lower than the expected 3.02% rate. This favorable rate along with paying off some of the bonds in four years instead of 15 years will result in interest savings of $9.5 million.

“This is $9.5 million that RSD taxpayers will not have to pay in interest costs,” says Superintendent Rick Schulte.

The District’s strong Aa2 bond rating from Moody's attracted investors to purchase the bonds.


RSD students use their mechanical skills in Bikes for Tikes effort (photo gallery)


Hanford and Richland High School Career & Technical Education students put their mechanical skills to good use Friday as they joined a community effort to assemble 1,800 bicycles for Bikes for Tikes. Local Union 598 Plumbers and Steamfitters funds the annual effort which places new bikes in the hands of children throughout the Mid-Columbia region.


Dissection brings students up close with salmon (photo gallery)


Marcus Whitman Elementary School fourth graders now have a better understanding of salmon anatomy and how salmon function after observing a salmon dissection Wednesday. Teachers Heather Walton and Cassie Lane dissected the salmon and answered questions from the students who have begun studying the life cycle of salmon.


Hanford High School Choral Extravaganza - video tracks


Significant changes coming to state and local school taxes


Last summer, the Washington State Legislature passed legislation which changes how public school districts are funded. The legislation requires less dependence on local levies.

The bottom line is.....

  1. The state school tax rate is increasing 81 cents per $1000 in 2018.

  2. The Richland School District levy tax rate will drop $1.42 per $1000 if voters approve the February measure.

*** Important details are at this Tri-Cities School Levy web page.



Helping foster care children


Leona Libby Middle School students collected donations and stuffed over 100 Christmas stockings for the Benton-Franklin CASA Program. The stockings full of gift cards, games, and personal items will brighten up the holidays for local foster care children.


Students learn about online safety and ethics


Some Orchard Elementary School fifth grade students are more knowledgeable now about digital safety and ethics. On Thursday, Richland Police officer Jason Crouch talked with Liz Cronin’s 5th grade class about making good online choices.

“Some students had been hacking into other students’ online accounts," says Cronin. "Officer Crouch gave an informative talk about identity theft and internet safety.”


Nutrition Services workers recognized


At the Tuesday Richland School Board meeting, Carmichael Middle School principal Brian Stadelman honored Nutrition Services workers Jennifer Warren and Pairin Andrew for their excellent work preparing meals for students. “As kitchen manager, Pairin has the tasks of ordering the correct amount of food, keeping food at the proper temperature, making sure the kitchen is clean, and managing staff. Jennifer plays a key role as cashier…keeping track of account balances…and she assists with cooking/prepping food, and washing dishes.” Both Pairin and Jennifer help train Nutrition Services staff at other RSD sites. 


College Art Day at Central Washington University


Hanford High School advanced art student Anna Shi earned the top scholarship of $1000 in the Central Washington University “Look At Me” self-portrait contest/exhibition. HHS advanced art and AP art students traveled to the Ellensburg campus for CWU’s College Art Day. The self-portraits were judged by CWU art faculty.

RSD Media

The state has made changes to how schools are funded (video) The state has made changes to how schools are funded (video)
Richland High Wind Ensemble - Florentiner March Richland High School Wind Ensemble - Florentiner March
Richland High School Symphonic Band - The Blue and the Gray Richland High School Symphonic Band - The Blue and the Gray
Leona Libby STEAM with Principal Andre Hargunani Leona Libby STEAM - TV interview with Principal Andre Hargunani
KONA Radio news update - December 13, 2017 KONA Radio news update - December 13, 2017

Upcoming Events

Dec 20- Jan 2
Winter Break - No School
School Board Meeting Jan 9 :  6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
School Board Meeting
District Administration Bldg.
Jan 15
Martin Luther King Day - No School
Jan 19
End of 1st Semester
Jan 22
Semester Day - No School
School Board Meeting Jan 23 :  6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
School Board Meeting
District Administration Bldg.
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Hailey Polus, Richland High School
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Miranda Reisenauer, Hanford High School