Pasco School District buys farm land for new school

Maya Angelou students participate in Maya Miles in 2009.
Maya Angelou students participate in Maya Miles in 2009.

What is now a stretch of agricultural land in northwest Pasco may become the new home to a middle school and an elementary school.

Pasco School District is spending $1.15 million to buy about 22 acres along Burns Road, northwest of Maya Angelou Elementary.

The property is between Road 90 and 92, and is next to about 38 acres of agricultural land the district bought in 2014 for $1.3 million.

The board hasn’t made a decision about what to build there, said Shane Edinger, director of public affairs. They discussed placing both a new middle and new elementary school on the 60-acre lot.

The homes directly across the street in the Broadmoor Estates development were built in the last 10 years, and are part of the latest expansion of the city.

A new development is being constructed at the corner of Burns Road and Broadmoor Boulvard, adding more homes to the area.

The district’s population blossomed from about 13,200 in 2007 to an estimated 17,800 students this school year.

The property is on the other side of Interstate 182 from McLoughlin Middle School, which has more than 30 portable classrooms and about 1,200 students.

The district owns 25 acres near Chiawana High School near Road 84, where the next elementary school is expected to be built.

Another 76 acres between Broadmoor Boulevard and Dent Road could be used for a third high school.

The district is putting a $99.5 million bond to voters in November. The proposal includs building two new elementary schools, a new middle school and rebuilding Stevens Middle School.

Cameron Probert: 509-582-1402, @cameroncprobert