PASCO, Wash. - One of the final acts of the state legislature this weekend included a $5 million funding boost for the construction of a local high school. The new home for Delta High School will be just off Rd. 100 in Pasco.
Funding to start building the 45,000 square ft. school has been a multi-group effort. All three Tri-City school districts which operate the STEM School, including state education officials and private donators, have contributed to securing a total of $15-18 million needed to begin construction.
The school is currently located in a Columbia Basin College building in Richland.
"To be able to build something new from scratch according to the specifications of a science high school would like to have and needs. It's pretty exciting for everyone I think," said Columbia Basin College President Richard Cummins.
The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction has also chipped in between $10-12 million to help fund the project. The new Delta High is expected to be completed by 2015.