Richland School District

Marching band getting prepared for upcoming season (photo gallery)


The Hanford High School Marching Band took advantage of the perfect weather Friday morning to get some practice in for the upcoming season.

Richland School Board approves preliminary bond issue proposal

The Richland School Board Tuesday night approved a preliminary list of projects for a February 2017 bond issue election including:

  • Replace Badger Mountain Elementary School
  • Replace Tapteal Elementary School
  • New elementary school on Belmont Boulevard (property already owned by the District, photo above)
  • New elementary school at a site to be determined
  • Richland High School - auditorium improvements
  • Fran Rish Stadium - home side improvements and installation of field turf
  • Hanford High School - athletic field improvements including installation of bleachers (2000 seats), restrooms, and field turf

“We’ve been good stewards of our community’s tax dollars and that will continue,” stated Rick Jansons, President of the Richland School Board.


Hanford High teacher recognized for career readiness efforts

Claudia Cooley (l) and Laurie Price
Claudia Cooley (l) and Laurie Price

Laurie Price, Career Choices and Work Based Learning teacher at Hanford High School, has been named Teacher of the Year for Career Counseling and Employment Readiness by the Washington Association of Career and Technical Education. “Laurie is continually interacting with employers, helping them understand the value of providing job placement opportunities for special needs students,” says Claudia Cooley, CTE Director for the Richland School District. “Her efforts have resulted in life-changing opportunities for students."


The new Marcus Whitman is getting ready for students (photo gallery)


The new Marcus Whitman Elementary School will open two weeks from today. Teachers are busy unpacking boxes and getting their classrooms set up. The new Marcus will be 65,000 square feet in size and house 630 students. "We appreciate our community supporting the 2013 bond issue and providing up-to-date educational facilities for our children," stated Superintendent Rick Schulte.


Gesa Credit Union announces Hanford and Richland High School debit cards


Gesa Credit Union and the Richland School District announced today that they have entered into a partnership that will allow community members to raise funds for students while also showing their pride for Hanford and Richland High Schools with a Gesa VISA® Debit Card. The new program earns money for the two schools each time a cardholder swipes their Hanford or Richland High School debit cards. Community members wishing to obtain a Hanford or Richland High School debit card can visit one of Gesa’s Tri-Cities branch locations.


Getting prepared for the new school year


Richland School District Special Education staff are hard at work getting prepared for the upcoming school year. Pictured here is Wednesday’s training session on Behavior Analysis and Intervention.


Plans for the new Jefferson Elementary are taking shape


Construction of the new Jefferson Elementary School will begin next summer. The new Jefferson will be 65,000 square feet in size and house 630 students. It will be similar in design to the new Sacajawea Elementary. Here are some early schematic drawings of the school and the proposed site plan. The new Jefferson will open in August 2018.


HomeLink teacher gains valuable knowledge at PNNL


This has been a special summer of enrichment and professional growth for Three Rivers Home Link teacher Carolyn Sturges. The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust* Partners in Science Program paired Sturges with Vijay Murugesan, senior research scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, in researching the next generation of high power lithium batteries. Under Murugesan’s mentorship, Sturges was immersed in learning how to computer model molecular interactions. “I return to HomeLink with new insights as I help students better understand how battery cells work," explains Sturges.


New middle school taking shape in West Richland (photo gallery)


Construction of the Richland School District's new middle school is moving right along. The school is being built on a 30-acre site in West Richland near the intersection of Keene Road and Belmont Boulevard. The District's fourth middle school will be 108,000 square feet in size and house 800 students. The school will open in August 2017.


NEW ADDRESS for Special Programs Department


The Richland School District Special Programs Department has moved to a new location. Formerly located on Snow Avenue, the new address is now 295 Bradley Boulevard, Suite 104. Phone calls can be directed to 967-6050.


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Old Marcus Whitman bench gets new home across the street (Tri-City Herald)

Marshall and Charlotte Jones with the Marcus Whitman bench; photo courtesy of Tri-City Herald
Marshall and Charlotte Jones with the Marcus Whitman bench; photo courtesy of Tri-City Herald

Marshall Jones was a little surprised when some men knocked on his door Friday and said they were there to install a bench. The bench that previously sat near the main entrance of Marcus Whitman Elementary is one of many vestiges that typically are discarded during a renovation project. But Jones, 91, asked a year ago if he could have it. He and his wife Charlotte, 93, routinely sat there, across the street from their central Richland home. “I said ‘I thought you forgot about me,’ ” Marshall recalled. “(A worker) said, ‘No, you’re on the list of things to do.’ ” Those working on the school made sure to set it aside.