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Design of new elementary underway

The educational specifications for the District's 11th elementary school have been approved. The next phase is the schematic design which will be completed in September.

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

Postsecondary enrollment and college course remediation rates measure the extent to which the K-12 education system supports every Washington student in identifying, planning, and preparing for their life beyond high school.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal signed a State-Tribal Compact with Wa He Lut Indian School on July 25, 2017.
Postsecondary enrollment rates, as well as college course taking remediation rates, measure the extent to which the K–12 education system supports every Washington state student in identifying, planning and preparing for their life after high school.
Your chance to provide comments on Washington’s state education plan begins today, State Superintendent Chris Reykdal announced.

U.S. Dept. of Education News

Washington — Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin released the following statement after President Trump signed the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 into law.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the approval of Nevada, New Jersey and New Mexico's respective consolidated state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement after the Senate confirmed Peter Louis Oppenheim as Assistant Secretary of Education for Legislation and Congressional Affairs:
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visited Grand Rapids (MI) Public Schools today for a roundtable discussion with superintendents from across the state of Michigan. The secretary opened the conversation by asking the group: “How can I best help you serve your students?”

The superintendents and the secretary discussed the following topics, among others:
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Hannah Sullivan, Hanford High School
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Kyle Jones, Richland High School

District issues administrative guidance on transgender students (KVEW-TV News)


The Richland School District is issuing new guidance for staff addressing transgender students. In the document, Superintendent Dr. Rick Schulte said the district has taken note of community input and national news stories surrounding transgender issues over the last year.

In April, many LGBTQ advocates packed a Richland School Board meeting to call for more support of LGBTQ students. Many sited real examples of bullying and statistics indicating a higher rate of suicide among LGBTQ youth. The emotional meeting also included board president Richard Jansons sharing a story of a transgender family member who experienced challenges.

At that meeting, the district said it was committed to protecting its LGBTQ students from discrimination.


Leona Libby Middle School will open in two weeks (construction photo gallery)


Construction of Leona Libby Middle School is almost complete. The doors will open to students on August 29.

The school is being built on a 30-acre site in West Richland near the intersection of Keene Road and Belmont Boulevard. The general contractor is Fowler General Construction, Richland. Leona Libby will be 108,000 square feet in size and house 800 students.

While construction of the Richland School District's fourth middle school has been proceeding, a group of dedicated teachers, parents, students, industry professionals, and community members have come together to plan the startup of this authentic STEAM school. STEAM stands for science, technology engineering, arts, and mathematics.


RSD teachers learn how to enhance STEM instruction at summer institute (photo gallery)


Teams of teachers from Marcus Whitman Elementary School and Leona Libby Middle School attended the Washington State LASER STEM Education Leadership Institute earlier this summer. The Institute focused on helping teachers enhance their STEM instructional efforts.

“The Institute provided our teachers with clear direction as we continue our efforts to enhance STEM opportunities for students,” says Erika Doyle, Richland School District Curriculum Coordinator.


Applications for 2017-18 free and reduced price meals are now available


2017-18 applications for free or reduced-price meals are now available.  Most RSD households should have received an application in the mail this week. If not, they are available at all school offices, the RSD Administration Building, and at the Stevens Center. 

Additionally, the application can be printed from the RSD website, or an electronic version can be found at The electronic version is always the fastest route.

Last year’s applications are good through October 10, or until a new application has been processed.


HHS and RHS students to have orientation/registration on Monday, August 21


Hanford and Richland High Schools will have all-student orientation days on Monday, August 21. Students will pick up their class schedules, sign up for clubs, deposit money into their lunch accounts, register for fall sports, have their ID card photos taken, purchase PE uniforms, and pay fees.

See the link below for more details on what is happening at each school.



Summer partnership helps students


A successful seven way partnership provided nearly 40 Badger Mountain Elementary students with books and meals on six Wednesdays this summer…..

  • Badger Mountain teachers led the reading and library book checkout effort.
  • Santiago Estates provided a clubhouse for the program.
  • Reata Springs Baptist Church provided lunches.

Jefferson construction update


Construction is moving along at the new Jefferson Elementary School. Sierra Electric has been placing conduits as seen in the photo above.

You can access the construction timeline at this link.

No HHS summer meals next Monday

The Richland School District announces that there will be no summer feeding program at Hanford High School on  Monday, August 21, due to  Falcon Prep Day.

Stay connected with RSD app

The Richland School District app gives you easy access to menus, PowerSchool, news, MealTime Online, calendar, Mid-Columbia Conference, and more. Download the app to your smart phone by going to the App Store or to Google Play.

Marimbas and steel drums

Enjoy watching and listening to these excellent marimba and steel drum groups from all RSD elementary schools.....2017 Mallet Showcase.

RSD Media

Hanford High Jazz Combo B - James Hanford High Jazz Combo B - James
When You're Smiling - Hanford High School Jazz Band I When You're Smiling - Hanford High School Jazz Band I
Student Photography Gallery Student Photography Gallery

Upcoming Events

Aug 17 :  3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
School Board Special Meeting - Tour of Libby Middle School, HHS Modular, RHS Modular
Leona Libby Middle School
Aug 22 :  6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
School Board Meeting
District Administration Bldg.
Aug 29
First Day of School
Sep 4
Labor Day - No School
Sep 12 :  6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
School Board Meeting
District Administration Bldg.
Sep 26 :  6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
School Board Meeting
District Administration Bldg.
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Sarah Didericksen, Hanford High School
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Dustin Carroll, Richland High School