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Five bond issue construction projects almost finished (KVEW-TV)


Richland School District residents approved a $98 million bond issue in February 2013 to fund nine improvement projects. Five of those construction projects will be completed in the next four weeks: Lewis & Clark, Orchard, and Sacajawea Elementary Schools; Three Rivers HomeLink; and new bleachers/restrooms/pressbox on the west side of Fran Rish Stadium. All five projects are being completed on time and within budget.

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Two looking to unseat Richland School Board president (Tri-City Herald)


A 20-year veteran of the Richland School Board is being challenged by two men looking to become the position 5 representative. Board President Phyllis Strickler faces nuclear engineer Donald R. Todd and former Richland High School Principal Gordon Comfort — now CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Columbia — in the August 4 primary.

Teachers receive training on Scanning Electron Microscope (photo gallery)

Scanning Electron Microscope
Scanning Electron Microscope

Some students at Chief Joseph Middle School will have access to a $100,000 Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) this coming year. Science teachers Wendy Richmond and Branda Baker attended a workshop last week at CBC to learn how to incorporate the desktop SEM into their sixth grade science classes. By the end of the week, the two teachers had developed a three-week lesson plan.

Return of stadium letters shows district listened (Tri-City Herald editorial)

Construction will be completed in early September
Construction will be completed in early September

Sometimes it’s the little things that mean a lot. Richland School District officials found that out quickly when a contractor removed the large “H” and “R” that had long stood at Fran Rish Stadium. This fall, football fans will see a new incarnation of the yellow “R” and purple “H” at an improved Fran Rish Stadium. Better bathrooms and a concession stand, along with new bleachers, also grace the visitor’s side of the field. To remedy the situation of the demolished letters, a committee of mostly high school students was formed to give the district advice. 

Three candidates seek to replace Guay on School Board (Tri-City Herald)


Three candidates are running to replace Mary Guay for Richland School Board position 4. Brett Amidan, Emily Allen and Jill M. Oldson all have children in the district and have been volunteers or parent teacher organization members. Guay did not run for reelection to the board. The primary election is August 4.

Community invited to rummage sale next week


Interested community members are invited to purchase salvageable furniture removed from the old Lewis & Clark and Marcus Whitman Elementary Schools. Fowler General Construction will hold the rummage sale at 2161 Henderson Loop, Richland, at the following times:

  • Thursday, July 30, 12:00 - 5:00 pm

  • Friday, July 31, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Hitting the home stretch on five construction projects (photo gallery)

Lewis & Clark Elementary School
Lewis & Clark Elementary School

In February 2013, Richland School District residents approved a $98 million bond issue to update nine facilities.  

Five projects are currently under construction (see photo gallery) and will be completed on schedule in the next six weeks……

  • Lewis & Clark Elementary School
  • Orchard Elementary School
  • Sacajawea Elementary School
  • HomeLink School (at the Jason Lee campus)
  • Fran Rish Stadium safety upgrades

Enthusiastic response to summer library program (photo gallery)

Badger Mountain librarian Teresa Wallenfels interacts with a family during the summer library time
Badger Mountain librarian Teresa Wallenfels interacts with a family during the summer library time

Schools are closed for the summer, but there’s a steady stream of children and parents entering the Badger Mountain Elementary library and computer lab every Wednesday. Children check out books, listen to stories, take Accelerated Reader quizzes on the books they’ve read, and improve their math skills with the FASST Math software program.   

“The library and computer lab are open to any Badger students who want to improve their reading and math skills during summer break,” says librarian Teresa Wallenfels. “The response from the children and parents has been absolutely positive.”

Commentary: Court will have big say on Legislature’s shortcomings (Crosscut)


"After 177 days, the longest session in state history, the 2015 Legislature has finally gone home for the year. Or has it? Despite all the policy decisions they made this year, legislators, by their own admission, failed to comply with the state Supreme Court’s order that they adopt a plan showing how they will achieve full state funding of basic education by 2018. And they adopted a budget that actually increases the unconstitutional reliance on local levies."

Jeff Coffin performs with HHS and EMS jazz bands (video tracks)

Freedom to create in summer ceramics class (photo gallery)


The Richland School District's four-week summer ceramics class has attracted 17 students of all ages to Robert McMinn's art room at Richland High School. Under the guidance of McMinn and with music playing in the background, the students are free to work at their own pace and create ceramic pieces of their choosing.