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May 16--  In the recently signed Georgia state budget for fiscal year 2013 (FY13), $4.185 million was included for the renovation of the 50-year-old main academic building on the Swainsboro campus of Southeastern Technical College.

The Technical College System of Georgia requested that the money be included in the governor’s budget request, and the funding was supported by both the Georgia State Senate and House of Representatives in their FY13 budget deliberations.

The request was then included in the FY13 budget passed by both houses and sent to the governor, who signed the budget on May 8. 

“A major renovation of this 40,000 square foot building is planned, including replacement of the roof, replacement of the heating and air conditioning system, and replacement of most of the interior,” said Dr. Cathryn Mitchell, president of Southeastern Tech.

Dr. Mitchell also said that once renovations for the classroom building were complete, the Accounting, Business Administrative Technology, Computer Information Technology, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, and Early Childhood Education programs would be housed in Building 2, alongside the library and bookstore.

Additionally, according to the proposal for the renovation project, “renovation of [Building 2] would allow for some rearrangement and repurposing of spaces to provide students with adequately sized and located student center, student break, and food service areas.”

It is anticipated that bonds for design will be sold this summer and design should be complete this fall.  Bonds to fund construction should be sold late this year or early next year.  The project will be bid out after the sale of construction bonds and construction should start by spring or summer of next year with the building ready for classes by January of 2014.