State Representative Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) has announced the State Controlling Board’s release of $81,588 to Shawnee State University in support of its administration building renovation project.

According to documents from the Office of Budget and Management, the funds will be used for the renovation of 12,000-square-feet of classroom and administrative offices in the administration building. The building was originally constructed in 1982 and is in need of a major infrastructure upgrade as well as a mechanical, electrical and plumbing redesign to meet its new energy conservation standards.

"This infusion of dollars for our college is welcome news,” said Johnson. "As we look to a brighter future for the citizens of our region, we must rely heavily on SSU to help us achieve our goals of educating and preparing the workforce. I will continue to do all that I can to facilitate that mission."

Additionally, the Controlling Board released $51,750 for the construction of the Shawnee State Park Booster Station improvement project in Scioto County. According to the OBM, the project will replace the electrical distribution system and the pump controls for a booster station that provides potable water service, including fire protection, for the state park lodge. The existing electrical system has exceeded its useful life expectancy and has become unreliable.

"Our state park is an absolute gem, but it needs many things," Johnson said. "Even as we think of ways to improve it, we must also be careful to maintain it. This project is one of many that need to be done, and I am delighted to see the money coming to our region."


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