K-3 Class Size Reduction Projects

The district received a $51.1 million K-3 Class Size Reduction Grant from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in the spring of 2016.

The grant provides funds to assist districts with adding new K-3 classrooms. The funds may be used for permanent and modular buildings but may not be used for portables. The district qualified for the grant based on a number of weighted factors, including the number of needed classrooms, the current student-teacher ratio, the percent of students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals, and when the district most recently passed a bond.

NEW Amon Creek Elementary

Amon Creek Elementary is one of the projects initially funded under the voter-approved 2015 bond. The Kennewick School Board approved the expansion of that school’s original 26-classroom design with grant dollars. View more details on the project page.

""   Opened: August 2018
   Location: 18 Center Parkway, Richland
   Square Feet: 76,664
   Spaces: 38 classrooms, gym, cafeteria, library, music room,
   computer lab, two reading rooms, and playground
   Estimated Construction Cost: $23,255,715
   Note: Utilizes same design as the new Eastgate Elementary

NEW Fuerza Elementary

The school was built on the former site of Desert Hills Middle School. It will be the home for all of the district’s Dual Language elementary students who currently attend either Edison or Hawthorne elementary schools. The old gym building on the site will become the new location for Mid-Columbia Partnership, the district's homeschool program. View more details on the project page.

""  Opened: August 2018
  Location: 6011 W. 10th Place
  Square Feet: 66,338
  Spaces: 30 classrooms, enlarged gym, cafeteria, library, music
  room, computer lab, additional office space, and playground
  Estimated Construction Cost: $21,702,621
  Note: Design based on new Westgate Elementary and
  Elementary #16.

Amistad Elementary Addition

The district will add 22 classrooms, a gym, and offices to the existing 18-classroom building. View more details on the project page.

""   Estimated Opening Date: August 2019
   Location: 930 W. 4th Ave.
   Square Feet: 41,985
   Spaces: 22 classrooms, gym and offices 
   Estimated Construction Cost: $18,000,000
   Remodel of original building: Proposed 2019 bond would pay
   for remodel/replacement.


Robyn Chastain
Director of Communications and Public Relations
(509) 222-7424