The district will delay the opening of Tapteal Elementary and start of construction for Badger Mountain Elementary due to the novel coronavirus.
The Tapteal construction site closed after a report of a positive test for coronavirus. Prior to that closure, the project’s contractor informed the district the pandemic resulting from the coronavirus has caused other delays, adding “the full extent of the impacts are dynamic and cannot be fully realized until the pandemic is resolved.” Without a firm schedule for completion of Tapteal, the district is postponing the bid process for construction of the new Badger Mountain pending additional information.
Completing Tapteal is necessary for the Badger Mountain project to continue. Tapteal students and staff need to move from their temporary home at the school located near Belmont Boulevard and Keene Road so Badger Mountain students and staff can move in and their school rebuilt on the current school's site.
The district remains fully committed to rebuilding Badger Mountain Elementary as affirmed by the Richland School Board this past winter. District officials will continue to work closely with the Tapteal contractor to ensure the new building is completed with a new schedule and provide updates to all of you regarding the status and any further changes.