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Attention Delta High School Students and Families


Earlier today we learned that Delta High School will be closed in the event that Pasco teachers strike. Kennewick and Richland teachers’ unions have indicated that they would be reluctant to cross a picket line if Pasco teachers strike.   

As you may know, our STEM school is a cooperative partnership between the three districts with students from each district and teachers from each of the districts employed here. Delta will follow the PSD calendar, which has yet to be approved in bargaining. 

Pasco School District is in mediation today with the Pasco Association of Educators (PAE), with bargaining scheduled every day through August 31st. It is the sincere desire of all three districts  that an agreement can be reached in order to start school on time at all Pasco schools as well as Delta. 

In the event that there is a strike, school closure will be announced via social media (Facebook, Twitter, School Messenger, on the District websites at,, and to the local media via FlashAlert. Parents/guardians who would like to sign up to receive text and email alerts from Pasco can sign up at  

Public invited to review Advanced Placement Spanish materials


RSD parents and community members are invited to review instructional materials being proposed for high school Advanced Placement Spanish. Reviewers will have the opportunity to give written feedback to the Teaching and Learning Department. The materials will be available August 31 through September 16, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, at 415C Wright Street. If you have questions, please contact Ann Airey at 967-6004.

Free meals to all students expands to two schools this year (KEPR-TV)


Hundreds of Richland students will eat breakfast and lunch for free this year. If 60% of students in a single school qualify for a free or reduced price lunch, the whole school can eat for free under the Community Eligibility Program. Last year, Jefferson Elementary was the first to do so in the Tri-Cities. Jason Lee will come online this year.  

Community invited to Marcus Whitman groundbreaking

Architect drawing of Marcus Whitman Elementary School
Architect drawing of Marcus Whitman Elementary School

The Richland School District will hold an official groundbreaking for the new Marcus Whitman Elementary School on Thursday, August 27, 10:00 am, at 1704 Gray Street. Community members are invited. The general contractor is Fowler General Construction. Fowler’s bid of $16.28 million was the lowest of four bids submitted. The new school will open in August 2016.

Three new elementary schools getting ready to welcome students (KEPR-TV)


Teachers are unpacking boxes and preparing their classrooms for students at Lewis & Clark, Orchard, and Sacajawea Elementary Schools. There is plenty of activity at the three schools as the finishing touches are put on the three construction projects. KEPR-TV's Nicole Fierro previews these state-of-the-art schools in this story.

Giving back and helping those less fortunate (photo gallery)


The Richland High School girls soccer team volunteered at the Union Gospel Mission Women & Children's Shelter last week. The Bomber girls helped distribute clothing and household/hygiene items to nearly 50 families. They played and read with children, and also donated school supplies for the upcoming school year. “These are such great girls and I am happy to see how much joy they get themselves while blessing others,” said coach Sara Elfering.  

Enjoy RSD band performances (video tracks)


The 2015 Richland School District Band Showcase featured excellent performances from a variety of groups. Enjoy watching and listening to some of these performances.....

Hanford High School Wind Ensemble - Urban Dances

Richland High School Wind Ensemble - Mother Earth

Lewis & Clark Elementary Band - Rock This Band

6th Grade Combined Bands - Majestica

7th & 8th Grade Combined Bands - Colonel Bogey

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Supreme Court fines state $100,000 a day for lack of education progress


The Washington state Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the state to pay $100,000 a day in sanctions, starting immediately, for its lack of progress toward fully paying the cost of basic education. The ruling was the latest development in a long-running impasse between lawmakers and justices, who in 2012 ruled that the state is failing to meet its constitutional duty to pay for the cost of basic education for its one million schoolchildren. In its ruling Thursday, the court encouraged Gov. Jay Inslee to call a special legislative session to address the issue.

District awards site preparation bid for new middle school (photo gallery)

Site of the new middle school in West Richland
Site of the new middle school in West Richland

The Richland School District Tuesday night awarded the site preparation bid for the new middle school in West Richland to Goodman & Mehlenbacher Enterprises, Kennewick. The Goodman & Mehlenbacher bid of $487,000 was the lowest of six bids submitted. The work includes site cleaning, site grading, and building pad preparation. The school will open in August 2017.

Saxophonist Jeff Coffin performs with jazz bands (video tracks)

Community invited to donate school supplies


Part of getting ready to go back to school is making sure students have the supplies they need and are ready to learn. For many families, affording school supplies can be a challenge and we are thankful to the volunteers at S.H.A.K.E. who coordinate a school supplies drive each year. S.H.A.K.E. works directly with local school districts to make sure that donated school supplies get to the students who need them the most. You can donate supplies until August 12 (see link for locations).