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School board election: Comfort and Strickler vie for position five (Tri-City Herald)


Former Richland High School principal Gordon Comfort has nothing personal against Richland School Board President Phyllis Strickler, despite challenging her in the November 3 general election. But Comfort, now the executive director of Goodwill of the Columbia, has plenty of bones to pick with how the board has managed the district, from his belief that superintendents shouldn’t have multi-year contracts to a lack of long-range planning for the district’s future. Ballots for the election will be mailed this week.

TV forum features Richland School Board candidates


You can learn more about the candidates running for Richland School Board in these two YouTube segments.....Position 3: Rick Donahoe - Ron Higgins;  Position 4: Brett Amidan - Jill Oldson;  Position 5: Gordon Comfort - Phyllis Strickler. 

The League of Women Voters sponsored the forum and it was televised by Richland CityView. Election ballots will be mailed out to RSD residents around October 14.

Positions 3 & 4

Position 5

Aggressive start on recruiting teachers for 2016-17


In this era of teacher shortages, the Richland School District is not waiting around to begin recruiting teachers for the 2016-17 school year. Job listings have already been posted and a Teachers Job Fair will be held Thursday, October 15, 4:00 to 6:00 pm, at Orchard Elementary School. The District expects to hire at least 20 elementary teachers before Thanksgiving. “We have top notch teachers and we’re looking for more,” says Superintendent Rick Schulte.

School board election: Amidan and Oldson vie for position four (Tri-City Herald)


The two candidates vying for Richland School Board position four have some divergent views. Brett Amidan says documented student progress is important in determining a teacher’s effectiveness, but Jill Oldson says it isn’t fair to evaluate teachers on student test scores. Oldson also doesn’t think public contract negotiations between the district and its employees would be necessarily beneficial, while Amidan sees a benefit to the public having greater access to employee contract talks. They both think testing has taken over too much of students’ and teachers’ time.

HomeLink teacher is state finalist for national teaching award

HomeLink science teacher Trevor Macduff
HomeLink science teacher Trevor Macduff

Trevor Macduff, science teacher at Three Rivers HomeLink, is one of five Washington state finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). “These teachers are creating the perfect blend of highly challenging math and science and expert teaching,” said State Superintendent Randy Dorn. “They have a heart for kids and a real joy in seeing kids become the scientists and mathematicians who will solve important problems and move our state forward in the future.”

National Merit Scholarship students announced


Richland School District proudly announces that 29 high school seniors are Semifinalists and Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. Becoming a Semifinalist is the first stage of a process that will end next spring with scholarships for some of the students honored. About 7,000 Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $33 million will be offered, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Sixth grader captures nice image of blood moon eclipse

Photo by EMS sixth grader Halle Fransen
Photo by EMS sixth grader Halle Fransen

Over 130 students and parents turned out at William Wiley Elementary School on Sunday night to watch the super moon lunar eclipse. "This was the largest full moon of the year because the moon is very near perigee, the point in the moon's orbit where it is closest to the Earth," says David Krieg, fourth grade science teacher and organizer of the viewing. 

The event marked the first super moon total lunar eclipse since 1982 and the last until 2033. Halle Fransen, sixth grader at Enterprise Middle School, captured this photograph using her camera and Krieg's telescope.

"This requires very steady hands and patience to get the camera perfectly lined up with the telescope eyepiece," explains Krieg. "Halle did an exceptional job. The orange-red tone of the blood moon came through nicely!"

Another bond issue on the horizon for Richland schools (Tri-City Herald)

More housing developments in south and West Richland
More housing developments in south and West Richland

Less than three years after voters approved a $98 million bond issue, the Richland School District is laying the groundwork to ask residents to help build again. The district planned for enrollment growth and space needed for all-day kindergarten and class size reduction initiatives in the last bond. But the district added about 1,000 more students in the past two years, hundreds more than anticipated, straining both high schools and also some elementary schools.

Community invited to tour new elementary schools


The Richland School District invites all community members to tour the new elementary schools which opened in August – Lewis & Clark, Orchard, and Sacajawea. All three projects are part of the $98 million bond issue approved by voters in 2013. “We thank taxpayers for providing up-to-date facilities for our community’s children,” says Superintendent Rick Schulte. “We encourage everyone to come and see first-hand how their tax dollars have been invested.”

Hand painted inspiration for Color Guard flags (photo gallery)


The 23 girls in the Hanford High School Color Guard will perform with some eye catching flags at this Friday night's homecoming football game at Fran Rish Stadium. While most color guards purchase performance flags, the HHS Color Guard flags were hand painted by assistant coach Loralee Newbury. “Loralee is very creative and has painted many outstanding sets for us over the years,” says Kevin Swisher, HHS instrumental music teacher.

First graders gain confidence in story ideas and writing (photo gallery)


First graders in Katie Millikin’s classroom at White Bluffs Elementary came away from a recent lesson with more confidence in how to write. Millikin read the book “Rocket Writes a Story” because the children were having trouble thinking of story ideas. At the end of the book, students worked in teams to write down as many ideas that inspired them as they could. “Some of the ideas they shared were….music inspires me, nature inspires me, my mom and dad inspire me, God inspires me, my teacher inspires me," says Millikin. "It’s amazing how creative students are when we give them the opportunity!”

Deeper learning and more play with full day kindergarten (KEPR-TV)

Full day kindergarten is off to an excellent start throughout the District
Full day kindergarten is off to an excellent start throughout the District

All RSD kindergarten students are going to school for a full day program this year. Teachers say students are already hitting marks they normally wouldn't even scratch on a half day schedule. "We went from having a day that had to be focused on here's our material, we have to get it done, and really moving quickly through the material, to full day kindergarten where we have the opportunity to go deeper," says Stephanie Becker, Lewis & Clark kindergarten teacher.