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March 9, 2016

Elementary #16 site selected

The Kennewick School District has designated its property located in the Clearwater Creek development, in the city of Richland, as the site of its 16th elementary school to open the fall of 2018.

The school board voted to select the site based on several factors, including: access, infrastructure, site characteristics, cooperation from local city planning and building agencies, impact on boundaries, proximity to current schools, walking students, projected residential development around school, and proximity to neighboring district.

“As the west end of our district continues to grow, building our next elementary school in the Clearwater Creek development makes the most sense at this time,” stated Superintendent Dave Bond. “The new school will also help alleviate some of the overcrowding at Cottonwood, Ridge View, and Sunset View Elementary schools.”

This will be Kennewick School District’s first school built within the city limits of Richland. School district boundaries do not always align with the city boundaries.

The property is located in Hayden Homes’ development called Reserve at Clearwater Creek, between Leslie Road and Steptoe Street, next to Claybill Park and near Meadow Springs Country Club. The district purchased the property from Hayden Homes in June 2015. The development is planned to have around 300 homes.

The district also evaluated two other site options on other land it currently owns off of 10th Avenue near Hansen Park and off of Reata Road in the Badger South development. Neither of those sites scored as high in the evaluating criteria.

Elementary School #16 will be the last of five school construction projects paid for by the bond that voters approved in February 2015. Kennewick will open three new schools this fall, including a new Desert Hills Middle School on Clodfelter Road, Chinook Middle School and Sage Crest Elementary. A new Westgate Elementary will open fall 2017.