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Thrift store opens thanks to positive partnership (photo gallery)


A thrift store to serve Hanford High School students opened this week thanks to the efforts of Communities in Schools, HHS DECA, and Home Depot. Home Depot employees volunteered their time to install racks and shelving in an old janitorial closet.

Community members wishing to donate new or gently used clothing & shoes to Falcon Finds can do so by dropping off items at the HHS main office.

Image Title: Hanford High School DECA
Hanford High School DECA

Ongoing safety and security drills are a top priority


Safety drills are an important component of the Richland School District emergency response plan. Each RSD school conducts at least nine drills each year including three lockdown drills.

A point of emphasis at a recent lockdown drill at Richland High School was checking every exterior door to make sure the doors were locking automatically. Seen above are RHS Principal Tim Praino and Richland Police officers checking one of the door locking mechanisms.


Richland School District announces $9.5 million savings for taxpayers


The Richland School District is reducing tax costs for taxpayers. On December 7, the District sold $29.5 million worth of construction bonds at a 2.80% interest rate, significantly lower than the expected 3.02% rate. This favorable rate along with paying off some of the bonds in four years instead of 15 years will result in interest savings of $9.5 million.

“This is $9.5 million that RSD taxpayers will not have to pay in interest costs,” says Superintendent Rick Schulte.

The District’s strong Aa2 bond rating from Moody's attracted investors to purchase the bonds.


RSD students use their mechanical skills in Bikes for Tikes effort (photo gallery)


Hanford and Richland High School Career & Technical Education students put their mechanical skills to good use Friday as they joined a community effort to assemble 1,800 bicycles for Bikes for Tikes. Local Union 598 Plumbers and Steamfitters funds the annual effort which places new bikes in the hands of children throughout the Mid-Columbia region.


Dissection brings students up close with salmon (photo gallery)


Marcus Whitman Elementary School fourth graders now have a better understanding of salmon anatomy and how salmon function after observing a salmon dissection Wednesday. Teachers Heather Walton and Cassie Lane dissected the salmon and answered questions from the students who have begun studying the life cycle of salmon.


Hanford High School Choral Extravaganza - video tracks


Significant changes coming to state and local school taxes


Last summer, the Washington State Legislature passed legislation which changes how public school districts are funded. The legislation requires less dependence on local levies.

The bottom line is.....

  1. The state school tax rate is increasing 81 cents per $1000 in 2018.

  2. The Richland School District levy tax rate will drop $1.42 per $1000 if voters approve the February measure.

*** Important details are at this Tri-Cities School Levy web page.


Bombers win state football championship


Congratulations to the players and coaches of the Richland High School football program. The Bombers beat Woodinville High School Saturday night 28-21 to claim the Washington State 4A championship.


RSD music students earn All-State recognition


The Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) has announced that 30 Richland School District students have been selected to perform in the 2017-18 All-State Bands, Orchestras and Choirs.

"Congratulations to these outstanding musicians for earning All-State honors and being recognized for their dedication and effort," said Superintendent Rick Schulte. “And congratulations to the parents and music teachers who support and mentor these students.”

The All-State musicians will perform at the WMEA Annual Conference this February in Yakima.