Richland School District residents have approved the $99 million construction bond issue. Updated election results Wednesday afternoon show the measure passing with a 61% yes vote (60% is required for passage). Official vote totals from the Benton County Auditor’s Office show:

9,529 – Yes

5,967 – No

                  “We thank District residents for their show of support,” stated Superintendent Rick Schulte. “It’s a positive result for the entire community.”

“The citizens of Richland and West Richland realized there was a need to keep improving our facilities and have responded in a big way,” added Rick Jansons, Richland School Board President. 

Planning for the following construction/renovation projects can now proceed:

  • Replace Badger Mountain Elementary School
  • Replace Tapteal Elementary School
  • Build a new elementary school on Belmont Boulevard in West Richland
  • Build a new elementary school in south Richland
  • 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, restrooms, and field turf
  • New RSD Teaching/Learning/Administrative Center
  • Preschool Center (renovate 1982 Jefferson wing)
  • Classroom additions/Land purchases


The estimated total project cost is $141 million. The District expects to receive $42 million in state assistance funds. 

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