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December 2, 2016

Mid-Columbia Partnership to get new home at former Desert Hills Middle School gym

Mid-Columbia Partnership (MCP), Kennewick School District’s program for homeschool students, will move from portable buildings to a more permanent location during the 2018-19 school year.

School board members recently approved a plan to renovate the gym building at the former Desert Hills Middle School campus on West 10th Place into a future home for MCP.

The current proposal would turn the almost 24,000-square foot gym building into 12 classrooms with enough room remaining to provide a gym, cafeteria, administrative offices, and other meeting spaces.

The board has not finalized plans nor a budget for the renovation, but expects to cover the construction costs with existing district funds.

MCP currently uses five double portable classrooms located in the parking lot between the Fruitland Building and Legacy High School in downtown Kennewick. The program serves more than 300 students in kindergarten through 12th grade by providing resources and support to families.

The district will demolish the remaining buildings on the campus and construct a new dual language elementary school on the site that will open by fall 2018.