Richland School District Apologizes
The Richland School District apologizes for the removal of the "R" and "H" at Fran Rish Stadium representing Richland and Hanford High Schools.
Below is a letter of apology posted on the school district's web site:
Dear Community Members,
As most of you know, Richland School District staff removed the "H" and "R" letters from Fran Rish Stadium this past week. We apologize to the many alumni and current students of Hanford and Richland High Schools and to the community members whom we have offended by removing the letters. We handled this poorly. These are traditional and meaningful symbols which have been displayed in a public place for decades. We showed poor judgment in not realizing the significance of these letters to alumni, current students, and the community. In hindsight, we should have let all stakeholders know about our intentions months ago and asked for their input. We could have done better and should have done better.
As we move forward and try to remedy this mistake, it will be important that the District involve interested stakeholders in determining how we might replace these symbols. If you have feedback or want to be involved in that process, we encourage you to contact Superintendent Schulte directly at 967-6001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rick Schulte, RSD Superintendent
Rick Jansons, President, Richland School Board