A Tri-City health care provider still plans to build a clinic next to Amistad Elementary School in Kennewick to serve students.
Tri-Cities Community Health will announce a construction schedule for the project by the end of the month, said chief financial officer Esleen Fultz, but officials are still working out the final details.
"There were some processes we had to go through," she said.
The Kennewick School District reached an agreement with Tri-Cities Community Health a year ago to build the clinic on property between the school and the district's administrative offices.
The health care provider has said it would use a $500,000 federal grant to help pay for construction of what has been described as a portable structure.
The clinic would operate independently of the district. Staff would provide primary care services such as basic checkups and sports physicals but not family planning. Cost to students would be based on a sliding scale, though no one would be refused care for inability to pay.
The clinic's location is ideal for serving the district's low-income students, district officials have said. Most who responded to a district survey about the project said the clinic should be built so long as it doesn't detract from education.
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