Southeast Community College Projects Moving Forward

BEATRICE – Southeast Community College has set the guaranteed maximum price it will pay for construction of a new student dining hall, on the Beatrice Campus.

The SCC Board, meeting in Milford Tuesday, set that figure at about $3.87 million. SCC Attorney Rex Schultze says the price was trimmed somewhat through what he called value-engineering and negotiations, by about $250,000.

Caspers-Sampson Construction is the construction manager on the project…the same contractor building a nearby student residence hall.

SCC President Dr. Paul Illich says wet weather this summer has slowed that project, somewhat.

:22                  “very smooth there”

Construction was continuing Tuesday at a new residential hall project at the Milford Campus of SCC.

SCC Milford Residence Hall construction

The college is currently negotiating final agreements with construction managers for a Diesel Technology addition at the Milford Campus and a Health Sciences addition at the Lincoln Campus.  Those agreements are expected to be acted upon by the college board, next month.

With several new projects going on, Illich says SCC is continuing to work on a new college logo and marketing plan, which will be the subject of an October board workshop.  Because of a switch from the quarter-system to semesters in the fall of next year, Illich says tuition and room and board will be brought before the board, next month.

:25                  “to the board”

Tuesday, the SCC Board gave final approval to the coming year’s college budget, totaling about $242.5 million.   Illich says community colleges, through the Nebraska Community Colleges Association, will request a 3.5% increase in state aid for each of the next two years.

:13                  “that we need”

The SCC board also approved the total tax rate of the community college, of 9.07 cents per hundred dollars, valuation.  That is the second lowest property tax rate among six community colleges in Nebraska.  SCC serves a 15-county area.

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