Richland School District

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Construction of Leona Libby Middle School on the homestretch (photo gallery)


Construction of Leona Libby Middle School is nearing completion. The doors will open to students on August 29.

The school is being built on a 30-acre site in West Richland near the intersection of Keene Road and Belmont Boulevard. The general contractor is Fowler General Construction. Leona Libby will be 108,000 square feet in size and house 800 students. The total project cost is $35 million.

While construction of the Richland School District's fourth middle school has been proceeding, a group of dedicated teachers, parents, students, industry professionals, and community members have come together to plan the startup of this authentic STEAM school. STEAM stands for science, technology engineering, arts, and mathematics.


Summer food program offered at four schools


The Richland School District's Summer Food Program is being offered at four schools this year.....Jefferson, Marcus Whitman,Tapteal, and Hanford High School.

Breakfast and lunch will be served Mondays thru Fridays at no cost to children ages 18 and under. See the schedule for each school at the link below.


Construction bid awarded for the new Jefferson Elementary School

The Richland School District Thursday afternoon awarded the general contractor bid for the new Jefferson Elementary School to Fowler General Construction, Richland. Fowler’s bid of $16.57 million was the lowest of five bids submitted.

Fowler is the general contractor for the District’s Leona Libby Middle School which is currently under construction. Fowler was also the general contractor for four recent elementary school projects – Lewis & Clark, Marcus Whitman, Orchard, and Sacajawea.

“Fowler has an excellent track record with the Richland School District,” says Superintendent Rick Schulte. “Our staff, students, and taxpayers have been impressed with the company’s work over the past four years.”


RSD has shortage of bus drivers; interested community members invited to apply (KEPR News)


The Richland School District is experiencing a severe shortage of bus drivers, making transporting students increasingly difficult. "Our office staff with CDL’s are all driving every day and would love to be in their office focusing on what their job descriptions are," Transportation Department managers said.

RSD bus drivers are currently looking for new drivers to join their team. “It’s a great way to earn some money and have some fun,” said driver Brian Conklin.

Conklin said there are numerous perks to getting behind the wheel of the big yellow bus. "You can't beat the schedule. I get my summers off, I get Christmas vacation off, so I can spend that time with my kids,” he explained.

RSD transportation staff said they would love to meet anyone interested in bus driving. The number to call is 967-6154.


Young math scholars compete and have fun at State Math Masters Contest (photo gallery)


Congratulations to all the Richland School District 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students who qualified for, and participated in, the Washington State Math Masters contest May 20 in Moses Lake.

Some of the top individual and team finishes were:

  • Badger Mountain - 2nd place, 4th grade Division "e"
  • Lewis & Clark - 4th place, 4th grade Division "i"
  • Colin Shen, Lewis & Clark - 4th place, 4th grade Division "i"
  • Mooyoun Kim, Badger Mountain - 4th place, 4th grade Division "e"
  • Cooper Carey, Orchard - 4th place, 5th grade Division "phi"

Long distance video linkup brings salmon and Orca ecosystems learning to life


Students in Diana Anderson’s and Bobbi Eslick’s fifth grade classrooms at Wiley Elementary were transported to the San Juan Islands last week when they participated in a distance learning lesson on Orca whales and the ecosystem of the Salish Sea. Scientist Jeff Hogan led the video linkup learning session from Lime Kiln State Park near Friday Harbor. He was connected via technology to students all over the northwest.

“As part of our salmon life-cycle study, we tied in eco-systems early and, along the way, we adopted an orca, Oreo J-22, from the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor,” explains Eslick. “We’ve talked all year about how the salmon and Orcas are connected and what else is in their ecosystems.”


Community members invited to RSD K-8 Art Show (photo gallery)

Maya Clark, Lewis & Clark, 4th grade
Maya Clark, Lewis & Clark, 4th grade
Hailey Anderson, White Bluffs, 4th grade
Hailey Anderson, White Bluffs, 4th grade
Hannah Kieneker, Enterprise, 8th grade
Hannah Kieneker, Enterprise, 8th grade
Joanna Martinez, Sacajawea, kindergarten
Joanna Martinez, Sacajawea, kindergarten
Chloe Norman, Marcus Whitman, 5th grade
Chloe Norman, Marcus Whitman, 5th grade
ElliAnn Somes, Carmichael, 6th grade
ElliAnn Somes, Carmichael, 6th grade
Ian Hummel, Orchard, 4th grade
Ian Hummel, Orchard, 4th grade

WSU Tri-Cities is hosting the 8th Annual Richland School District K-8 Art Show in the CIC Building (just north of the main campus) through May 31.

A variety of art work is on display including drawings, ceramics, and paintings (see the photo gallery link below for a sample of the exhibited work).

Community members are invited to view the exhibit during normal CIC Building operating hours - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday thru Friday.


Tournament of Books a creative way to get children reading


Another creative way to get kids reading took place at Wiley Elementary School where teacher Diana Anderson and librarian Rhonda Deniston created the Tournament of Books. Based on March Madness, there was a bracket of 16 books. Each week, third thru fifth grade students read the bracketed books and voted on which books were moving on to the next round.

“Wings of Fire” won the championship round.

“The kids really got into reading and were excited to find out each time which book made it to the next level,” explained Anderson.



Ecology & Biodiversity students study forces that have shaped local shrub steppe (photo gallery)


It was hands on learning for some Richland High School science students on Monday. The Ecology & Biodiversity class traveled to the Hanford Reach National Monument North site to learn more about how the basalt lava flows and last ice age floods impacted the current biodiversity of the local shrub steppe.

“This course offers students the opportunity to study the forces that have shaped the earth with the main focus on ecology and evolution,” explains teacher Audra Richter.

Among the learning activities at the Hanford Reach, students:

  • Analyzed quadrat vegetation between the river and the trail to determine wildflower species population coverage and interspecific competition;

  • Determined species richness and energy flow through this micro ecosystem.