Like many area school districts, Kennewick continues to grow. Recently Chinook Middle School opened in the Southridge area, and now two more elementary schools will open doors in just over a year. Pictured is Chinook during construction phase.

Kennewick school officials are seeking input from the public as to names for the two new schools, as well as suggested mascots.

Some criteria have seen set for helping narrow down ideas. They include:

  • Persons who have attained national or local prominence in the fields of education, arts and sciences, politics, military achievements and statesmanship, or other notable accomplishments;
  • A past U.S. Presidents or Washington national senators or representatives.
  • The geographical characteristics of the area in which the facility is located
  • Other important events or achievements.

Elementary school #16 will be a dual-language facility that will be in the Clearwater Creek Development area near Broadmoor and Bellarive Drive.

Elementary school #17 will be built at the site of the old Desert Hills Middle School near 10th Ave. in Kennewick. Ideas will be submitted to the School Board at their meeting December 13th.