Administrators work to secure money for new Delta H.S. building

<p>New Delta H.S. Design</p>

New Delta H.S. Design

Our region's only science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) school is a big step closer to having a brand new facility.

Last night, the Richland and Kennewick school boards OK'd an agreement to build the new school in Pasco.

Now, educators will focus on getting funding for the estimated $16 million project.

The new Delta High School building will be built off Road 100, near the corner of Sandifur Parkway.

So far, educators have raised nearly $1 million for the project.

The superintendents of the three school districts in the Tri-Cities will work together to ask state leaders for money to fund the rest of project.

They're hoping to get $9 million - $10 million from the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, and they're requesting $5.4 million from the state legislature.

School administrators say the new building will make a big difference in student education.

"I think finally, we'll be able to see what they can really reach for their true potential. The kids are great, the teachers are great, the administrators are great, the facility is holding them back. So we take that out of the formula, and we'll see what they can really do" said Tom Yount, Washington State STEM Foundation.

Administrators are also working on designing the school.

It's expected to be 45,000 square feet in size.

Administrators hope to hear back from state leaders about their funding requests by April, and if the requests are approved, they expect to secure the money by July.

If all goes as planned, administrators expect to break ground on the new school in late summer or early fall of this year.

The school could open as early as fall of 2014.