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Jefferson Elementary breaks ground on new site

Jefferson Elementary breaks ground on new site

RICHLAND, Wash. -- After Richland School District residents passed a 98-million dollar bond in 2013, the district has been able to complete all their projects under budget. Now they can build an entirely new elementary school instead of just half.

Richland School District broke ground today on the new Jefferson Elementary School with the help of current students and staff. The site is located just North of the existing school on Hunt Ave. It's set to be 65,000 sq. ft. and accommodate at least 530 students.

“We're building this school with growth in mind, plus we just passed for Richland School District because we're still experiencing growth," School Board President Rick Jansons said. "So you will see two more elementary schools being built over the next few years along with two more replacement schools.”

Design West Architects and Big D's Construction are taking on the project. The school opens at the beginning of the 2018 school year.

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