The Richland School Board will consider two school attendance boundary revisions Nov. 25 after recently backing off a plan to send some south Richland students to central Richland schools next year.
Both plans would increase the number of students at south Richland schools, including the new elementary under construction near Westcliffe Boulevard and Brantingham Road, according to information from the district.
However, the plans differ in where some students and programs could end up and would still require some students to be bused to schools outside their neighborhood.
The district’s 10th elementary school, which hasn’t been named, will open next fall. The $21 million project is one of several paid for by a voter-approved $98 million bond.
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South Richland is served by Badger Mountain and White Bluffs elementary schools. The district buses some students in the area to Lewis & Clark and Marcus Whitman to ease overcrowding. The new elementary school will let those pockets of students remain in south Richland.
Original boundary revisions put all the south Richland schools at or near capacity, worrying board members about accommodating growth in those neighborhoods.
That led the board to propose moving some south Richland students, namely those living in the Riverview Point neighborhood just west of Steptoe Street and just north of Gage Boulevard, to Lewis & Clark Elementary School in central Richland. Complaints from parents prompted the board to revisit the boundaries again.
Students living in Riverview Point would end up at Badger Mountain Elementary School, the neighborhood’s current school, under both new proposals, and the Orchard Hills apartments at Gage Boulevard and Leslie Road would shift from Badger Mountain to the new school in both scenarios.
Meadow Springs could be split up between Badger Mountain and the new elementary school or be moved entirely into the new school. Students living on Jason Loop and Jericho Road could end up at Badger Mountain or White Bluffs Elementary School.
Families in the apartments and homes between the Yakima River and Highway 240 bypass are assigned to Lewis & Clark but might instead be moved to Sacajawea Elementary School in north Richland.
Students who live in and around the Queensgate Road area north of Interstate 182 will be bused to Marcus Whitman rather than stay at White Bluffs under both proposals.
The district’s developmental preschool also could be affected. One proposal calls for leaving it at Jefferson Elementary School, the other for relocating it to Lewis & Clark.