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Senior citizens Gold Card available


The District invites senior citizens to fill out a Gold Card application at the RSD Administration Building, 615 Snow Avenue.  The Senior Citizens Gold Card entitles seniors to attend all Associated Student Body events at Richland secondary schools free of charge including sports events, plays and concerts (providing the event isn’t already sold out).  To be eligible for a free Gold Card, you must be:

  • 65 years of age or older, and
  • A resident of the Richland School District

All Jefferson students will have access to free meals (Tri-City Herald)


Students at Jefferson Elementary School won't have to bring a lunch box or ask parents for lunch money when school starts this fall. All the children at the Richland school -- regardless of their family's financial status -- will be offered breakfast and lunch at no charge thanks to a federal law passed four years ago. "We felt that trying it out at our most needy school was the thing to do to make sure it is economically feasible," said Denise Christensen, Richland's nutrition services director.

Richland School Board approves stadium design (Tri-City Herald)


The Richland School District is closer to renovating the visitor-side bleachers at Fran Rish Stadium. The school board approved the design and construction documents for the stadium project Tuesday night. The district will begin seeking bids for the project, estimated to cost $2 million. Construction is expected to begin after football season ends.

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RSD officials turn over the first shovels of dirt


The Richland School District broke ground on the new elementary school in south Richland Thursday morning. The general contractor is Fowler General Construction, Richland. “The growing area of south Richland will be well served by this state-of-the-art school,” said Superintendent Rick Schulte. “We once again thank community members for their commitment to providing up-to-date facilities for our children.”


State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn today announced the release of about $213 million in capital construction money to school districts throughout the state including nearly $30 million to the Richland School District. The District will be using the money for three construction projects: Lewis & Clark Elementary, Sacajawea Elementary, and the new elementary in south Richland.

Swetha Shutthanandan at the GENIUS International Olympiad


Richland High School sophomore Swetha Shutthanandan earned a Gold Medal in the Science category at the GENIUS International Olympiad held June 15-20 in Oswego, New York. Her project is "Next Generation Supercapacitors for Ultra Fast Energy Harvesting". Only 22 projects received a Gold Medal out of the 217 entered for judging. 

Locations approved for HomeLink and new middle school


The Richland School Board Tuesday night decided where the new HomeLink school and the new middle school will be located. Both projects are part of the $98 million bond issue which was approved by RSD voters in February 2013.

HomeLink will be built on the south end of the Jason Lee Elementary School campus. The 17,000 square foot modular building will open in August 2015. Design West and RSD staff will begin developing the educational  specifications in mid July.

The District’s fourth middle school will be built on a 30-acre site in West Richland near the intersection of Keene Road and Belmont Boulevard. The school is scheduled to open in August 2018. Design West and RSD staff have already started working on the educational specifications.

Architect drawing of the new south Richland school


The Richland School District tonight (Tuesday) awarded the general contractor bid for the new elementary school in south Richland to Fowler General Construction, Richland. Fowler’s bid of $15.87 million was the lowest of four bids submitted. The new school will open in August 2015. "The growing area of south Richland will be well served by this state-of-the-art school,” said Superintendent Rick Schulte.


From Eileen Yokuda, Chief Joseph PTA

Dear Chief Joseph Middle School PTA Members and Volunteers,

As I mentioned in an email last week, the house fire last week destroyed the home of one of our students. Today, I spoke to a person from the Red Cross and she said that, in this case, it is critical to the family’s well being that we come together as a community and support the family in any way that we can.

Last Thursday night, June 19, the house at 1616 McPhearson was destroyed by fire.  All human members of the family survived, but the father was badly burned, and all of the family’s belongings were destroyed in the fire.

Robert McMinn leads the RSD's summer ceramics program


About 30 elementary to high school age students are enjoying their second week of the summer ceramics class at Richland High School. The students are making a variety of clay creations in an open studio setting. "The summer program is pretty low key and relaxed and the kids enjoy that," said instructor Robert McMinn.

A Sacajawea student breaks ground on her new school


The Richland School District broke ground on the new Sacajawea Elementary School Thursday morning. The general contractor is Fowler General Construction, Richland. “This new facility will provide Sacajawea students and staff with a top quality learning environment,” said Superintendent Rick Schulte.