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

06/22/2017

Construction of Leona Libby Middle School is moving along on schedule. 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, Richland. 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.

The Core Planning Team, led by Principal Andre Hargunani, have accomplished the following objectives in preparation for students walking through the doors in five months:

  • Developed the Mission & Vision
  • Developed the instructional focus.....project-based learning, one-to-one technology, equity and differentiation
  • Added new computer science electives
  • Decided on a bell schedule that accommodates project-based learning
  • Researched innovative programs to increase learning opportunities and productivity
  • Created a professional development plan for the teaching staff
  • Designed a Positive Behavior and Intervention Support plan

"Opening a new middle school is a major undertaking and the Richland School District wants to thank this planning team for their excellent work," stated Superintendent Rick Schulte. "Leona Libby students will benefit from their efforts for years to come."

In June 2014, the District selected Design West, Kennewick, to be the architectural firm for the new middle school project. Architect drawings and site plans can be viewed at this link.

Aerial view of Leona Libby Middle School
Aerial view of Leona Libby Middle School
Carpet going down in the library
Carpet going down in the library
Basketball hoops installed
Basketball hoops installed
The front from Belmont Boulevard
The front from Belmont Boulevard
Orchestra room flooring installed
Orchestra room flooring installed