Richland wants to build a third high school in the next five years. But they need an exemption from state law to do it! Here's why:

To save money, the state mandated schools be built within "urban growth areas." This means basic utilities and infrastructure need to already be present.

But Richland is out of room! The city boundaries are HUGE but all available land big enough and flat enough to build a high school campus are in far-flung areas.

Tri-Cities isn't the only community facing this struggle and the necessary law granting the exemption is making its way through the Washington Legislature. Here's how to sign up for email notifications on its progress.

Maegan Murray