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(Neb)-State Budget Bill Includes CSC Math-Science Bldg   Listen

By: John Axtell Posted at: 05/06/2019 03:31 PM
CHADRON - The proposed 2-year state budget sent to floor debate in the Legislature last Thursday includes long-sought funding for a $31-million dollar renovation and expansion project for the Math-Science Building at Chadron State College.

    The budget bill commits the state to provide a little over $2.2-million dollars a year in state general funds from Fiscal 2022 through Fiscal 2035 for bond payments - a total of $26.6-million dollars.

     The Math-Science proposal has been the top capital project for the Nebraska State College System Trustees for several years. It will add a new wing extending to the north with modern classrooms and labs. When the new wing opens, the existing east and west wings will be renovated.

     New Chancellor Dr Paul Turman, who took over in January, says after earlier tries for state funding failed his predecessor Stan Carpenter and others worked long and hard to come up with a compromise proposal and win support for it from individual state lawmakers.

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The project requires a match of about $4-million dollars from the Chadron State budget and the Chadron State Foundation, which made the Math Science building part of its Next Horizon capital campaign. The Foundation has received about $1.6-million dollars for the project so far.

      Foundation Board Chairman Marjean Terrell says the early response from donors has been positive because they understand the need for the project and the benefits it will bring the college.

      Inclusion in the budget bill doesn't guarantee the legislature will leave the general fund plan intact, but Chadron State and College System official are confident  the final version will include the commitment.


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