District to keep Jefferson Elementary open, build new wing

RICHLAND, Wash. -- The Richland School District has come to an agreement on changes to its 98 million dollar bond proposal. Parents at Jefferson elementary raised concerns after the original proposal was to shut the facility down completely.

The school board Tuesday decided to keep Jefferson open as a K-5 elementary and replace the oldest wing of the school which was built in 1953.

Jefferson is currently the site of the district's HomeLink program.

The district also decided a new facility will be built to house HomeLink, but the exact location is still to be decided.

And the three sisters schools Marcus Whitman, Lewis and Clark and Sacajawea will all be replaced, but at a slightly smaller size.

The board will officially approve the resolution next week. Voters will decide on the bond issue in February.