Richland School District

Additional elementary schools are priority projects in RSD's upcoming bond issue


Building two new elementary schools are priority projects included in the Richland School District’s February 2017 bond issue. The District’s 11th and 12th elementary schools will provide the necessary classrooms as enrollment continues to grow and lower class sizes are implemented.

“We will soon need 47 additional elementary classrooms to handle enrollment growth and smaller class sizes,” says Superintendent Rick Schulte. “It’s no secret that the Tri-Cities population continues to grow. New housing developments are going up constantly and there are plans for more.”

One of the new schools will be built near the intersection of Belmont Boulevard and Bluewood Street in West Richland (RSD owns the land seen in the photo above). The second school will be built in south Richland at a site to be determined.


Richland School District students getting hooked on computer science (photo gallery)

Marcus Whitman
Marcus Whitman

Careers in computer science-related fields are growing, innovative, and often well-paying. The Hour of Code web site states….“Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity.”

That’s exactly what’s taking place across the Richland School District during Hour of Code learning activities. Students have been totally engaged as they learn the basics of computer coding.

“We want RSD students learning computer science and developing computer science skills,” says Erika Doyle, Curriculum Coordinator. “Many students are developing a passion for coding and are working on their skills at home.”


Public invited to help school board with deputy superintendent search


The Richland School Board has begun the process of hiring a deputy superintendent for the Richland School District. Board members are inviting community members to attend a forum and give them feedback on the criteria that should be used in selecting the deputy superintendent.

The forum is Wednesday, December 14, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, in the Richland High School library.

“The deputy superintendent will provide leadership for all educational programs and prepare to take over as superintendent at a later date,” stated Rick Jansons, board president. “We are replacing the vacant assistant superintendent position. We are not adding a new administrative position."  


Middle schoolers reaching out to help foster care teenagers (photo gallery)


Chief Joseph Middle School students and staff are reaching out to help local foster children. AVID students finished making blankets Friday afternoon (see photo gallery).

Meanwhile, students and staff are raising money through “Ten for Teens". The money will be used to purchase $10 gift cards for teenagers in foster care.


Three Hanford High student-athletes selected to All-State Cheerleading Team


Five members of the Hanford High School cheer squad competed in the All-State Cheerleading Competition last month….left to right above are Krizia Brooks, Brie Buchanan, Michelle Ni, Jasmine Rice, and Rae'Lu McBride. The girls were judged on jumps, tumbling, cheer, and dance.

Brie, Michelle, and Jasmine were selected to the 25-member All-State Cheerleading Team. Michelle placed in the top three for cheer, and Brie placed in the top three for jumps. Congratulations to all. The HHS cheer coach is Kim Mayer.



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Community invited to mental health forums and suicide prevention walk this week


Hanford and Richland High Schools invite the public to three important events this week focusing on Youth Suicide Prevention. Experts will present information and answer questions at two Mental Health Community Forums....

  • The first forum is tonight (Tuesday), 6:00 pm, in the HHS library
  • The second forum is Wednesday, 6:00 pm, in the RHS library

Then, the two schools invite everyone to the “Strides to End Teen Suicide Walk” on Thursday, December 1, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at Fran Rish Stadium.
“We don't want to lose one more youth to suicide in our community,” says RHS counselor Chandra Markel. “Hanford and Richland High Schools are working together to make sure every student knows they are loved and supported….that suicide should never be an option.”



Bombers to play for state 4A football title Saturday night in Tacoma


Congratulations to the Richland High School football team on winning their state 4A semifinal game over Skyview 35-7 on Saturday. The Bombers now advance to the state championship game this Saturday, December 3, 7:30 pm, at the Tacoma Dome. The Bombers will meet the Camas Papermakers for the state title. The championship game will be broadcast on Root Sports.


RSD students take the lead in holiday food drives


Food drives take place throughout the Richland School District during the holidays. One example is at Wiley Elementary School where leadership students coordinated a Thanksgiving Food Drive that resulted in 2,295 pounds of food being collected and donated to the Richland Food Bank.  


Leona Libby selected as name for new middle school

The Richland School Board voted Tuesday night to name the Richland School District’s new middle school Leona Libby Middle School. The school is currently under construction in West Richland and will open next August. Leona Libby Middle School will be 108,000 square feet in size and house 800 students.


Jefferson Elementary School project moving along on schedule


The Jefferson Elementary School replacement project is moving along right on schedule. This Tuesday night, the Richland School Board will review the architect design plans. The next phase will be preparation of construction documents. The District will break ground on the new Jefferson next summer. The new school will open in August 2018. Replacement of Jefferson is one of the bond issue projects approved by voters in 2013. You can access the construction timeline at this link.


Join the Richland School District in helping our community this Saturday


The Richland School District invites community members to “Stuff the Bus” on Saturday, November 19, 8:00 am to 12:00 noon, at Fred Meyer on Wellsian Way, or Yoke’s Fresh Market on Keene Road. The goal is to help families in need by filling a school bus with new or slightly used clothing, shoes, and blankets (sizes for middle school and high school ages are especially needed). Non-perishable food items and personal hygiene items will also be welcome.

“Stuff the Bus” is sponsored by Public School Employees #112 and Richland Education Association in partnership with Communities in Schools of Benton/Franklin.