Richland School District Receives $30M in State Construction Assistance

Parents will have to re-apply for transfers in Richland

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn announces the release of about $213 million in capital construction money to school districts throughout the state including nearly $30 million to the Richland School District. The district will be using the money for three construction projects: Lewis & Clark Elementary, Sacajawea Elementary, and the new elementary in south Richland.

The $30 million in state assistance money represents about 64% of the $47 million total construction cost. The remaining $17 million is coming from a local bond issue approved by voters in February 2013.

The Lewis & Clark project broke ground in May with Sacajawea following in June. The new elementary in south Richland will break ground this Thursday.

A total of 21 districts are ready to begin or continue work on 30 new school buildings or modernization projects. Many factors determined whether a project received funding including specific criteria regarding enrollments, assessed property values, and existing facility inventory.

The state assistance money, coupled with nearly $381 million in local school district bond issue funds, will bring more than $594 million into the state’s economy through school construction.