Delta High School is getting closer to having a permanent and potentially more spacious facility for students in the future.
The Richland School District approved an interlocal agreement among the Tri-Cities' three main school districts to put money toward buying a facility for the math- and science-centric high school.
The Kennewick School District already has approved the agreement while the Pasco School District still is reviewing it.
Delta is currently in space owned by Columbia Basin College on Northgate Avenue between the community college's branch campus and the Richland Public Library.
The school has about 300 students and already is out of space, Karen Baker, executive director of the Washington State STEM Education Foundation, told the Herald. The foundation, three school districts and an advisory board operate the school.
The interlocal agreement only concerns the property the school would sit on. The foundation would be responsible for any construction costs. Baker said the hope is to build a new facility where the current building is. Fundraising is under way but the project is very preliminary, she said.
-- Board members discussed the policy for community use of district facilities. The district has seen more demand for groups wanting to rent space, which is making it difficult to staff the building at those times and keep them clean.
The board is looking at restricting the length of rental agreements and how easily they can be renewed and other restrictions.
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