Richland School District

Chromebooks and Google Docs are positively impacting writing instruction (photo gallery)

Tapteal teacher Laurisa Dobken helps one of her third grade students with a writing assignment in Google Docs.
Tapteal teacher Laurisa Dobken helps one of her third grade students with a writing assignment in Google Docs.

Technology is an integral part of the Richland School District’s instructional program. Writing is just one example. The District is utilizing Chromebooks and Google Docs to help students become better writers.

“Chromebooks and Google Docs are positively impacting my writing instruction,” says Laurisa Dobken, third grade teacher at Tapteal Elementary School. “These tools are motivating my students to write and have increased the efficiency in which students produce completed work.”

Google Docs is helping Dobken be more timely and efficient. As students finish their first drafts, Dobken inserts comments and suggestions right away. She no longer has to collect all their papers and take them home to grade.

“My third graders are able to watch their screens as I type comments and make suggestions so the learning is real time,” explains Dobken.


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 14 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.


Robotics teams earn top awards at regional competition

Hanford High School robotics scholars
Hanford High School robotics scholars

Delta and Hanford High School robotics teams earned first place awards at the First Washington Regional Robotics Competition January 14 in Moses Lake. The Delta High Dapper Gents qualified for the state competition next month. Also qualifying for state are Zach Jackson, Delta High, and Kimberly McKinnon, Hanford High, who earned Dean’s List State Finalist awards.


Upgrading of HHS athletic field is part of February bond issue


The upgrading of the Hanford High School athletic field is one of ten projects included in the Richland School District's February 14 bond issue.

Here is a list of the specific upgrades:

  • Installation of bleachers to seat the entire HHS student body (2,000).
  • Installation of restrooms, pathway, and concession stand (handicapped accessible).
  • Installation of field turf to host 150 events per year including P.E. classes and marching band.
  • Resurfacing of the track.

“These critical improvements will allow the Richland School District and Hanford High School to develop more community partnerships while meeting the educational needs of our students,” says Eric Davis, HHS athletic director. “There is also potential for a cooperative stadium project with WSU Tri-Cities.”



February bond issue includes upgrading the Richland High School auditorium


Modernizing the outdated Richland High School auditorium is one of ten projects included in the Richland School District's February 14 bond issue. “The 35-year-old auditorium will be brought up to code and up to date for both school and community groups,” says Superintendent Rick Schulte. “The modernization will transform it into a much improved performing arts venue and teaching space.”

RHS Auditorium Modernization Cost

Total Cost - $8 million

Local Bond - $4 million

State Match - $4 million

“The February bond is part of a long-term plan to meet the needs of our community and to responsibly maintain our existing facilities,” states Rick Jansons, President of the Richland School Board.


Badger and Tapteal Elementary Schools are critical projects in upcoming bond


Replacing Badger Mountain and Tapteal Elementary Schools are two of the major construction projects on the February 14 bond issue. The two schools were built in 1978.

“Both are out of date, too small, and not up to current code,” says Superintendent Rick Schulte. “It’s time to provide Badger Mountain and Tapteal students with the same up-to-date educational facilities as our recently completed schools such as Marcus Whitman and Orchard.”

With ongoing population growth in south and West Richland, the current Badger Mountain and Tapteal are undersized at 48,000 square feet; the new buildings will be significantly larger (around 65,000 sf) providing the necessary instructional space for smaller class sizes, full day kindergarten, and more special education classrooms. The portables seen above will be removed when the new schools open.


RSD grounds and custodial workers have campuses ready for students, parents, and staff


Thank you to the Richland School District grounds and custodial staff who have done an excellent job plowing out and blowing off the snow from our campus sidewalks and parking lots (photo above). They are working hard to make sure our campuses are as safe as possible for students, staff, and parents. Also thanks to the crews from the Cities of Richland and West Richland for plowing the streets next to our campuses.


Enterprise team earns place on American Mathematics Honor Roll

Nicholas Chang
Nicholas Chang

The Enterprise Middle School math team earned a place on the 2016 American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) School Honor Roll. The AMC attracts 350,000 students annually from 6000 middle schools and high schools.

In the individual competition, Enterprise students earned the following awards:

Perfect Score & Honor Roll of Distinction (scored in the top 1% nationally)

  • Nicholas Chang (8th grade, photo at right)

Honor Roll Certificate (scored in the top 5% nationally):

  • Austin Wang (7th grade)
  • Ajay Harilal (8th grade)
  • Hannah Chavla (8th grade)
  • Jinu Choi (8th grade)