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Repairs trump new building on construction-spending wish list from Ohio coalition of colleges
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, January 23, 2014 11:20 AM EST
Ohio higher education leaders instructed by Republican Gov. John Kasich to cooperate when requesting state dollars have identified maintenance and repairs as far higher priorities than new construction.
The Ohio Higher Education Funding Commission's additional priority for state capital funding is about $71.7 million in money-saving upgrades. Examples include energy efficiency enhancements, mechanical system improvements and shared service arrangements that Kasich praised as innovative.
Further requests will include $117.5 million to modernize classrooms, $15.8 million for enhanced technology, $25.1 million toward expansion, and $7.6 million in strategic investments aimed at improving completion rates.