New school construction delayed in Richmond

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A delay in the plan to bring Richmond its first new schools in 12 years. The bids for construction on two elementary schools are back and much higher than the city expected.

It's certainly going to push back construction. The opening of a new Oak Grove and a new Broad Rock elementary schools will be delayed about six months.

The city broke ground on the new schools last fall. Then it asked local construction companies to bid on the work.

The city now says those companies have put a higher price tag on the projects than the city budgeted.

City leaders are now asking those companies to re-evaluate the offers and find ways to lower the costs. This will push back construction several months.

The Oak Grove and Broad Rock schools were slated to open in the fall of 2012. This set-back means they won't be able to open their doors until at least January of 2013.

Which means students will be start that school year in the old buildings and be transferred into the new ones during the winter break.

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