Proposed Budget for New Stem Building at Gulf Coast State College

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PANAMA CITY- The state legislature included $5 million their proposed budget for the new stem building.

The new facility would replace the current mathematics and science wing, which is 55 years old.

Gulf Coast officials say it needs major renovations to help keep students competitive, especially in chemistry and biology.

"It doesn't have the modern technology. It doesn't have the modern lab. In the flooding, it flooded. It's not ADA accessible. The list goes on and on,” said Jim Kerley, Gulf Coast State College President.

“We come up with a plan that will utilize the classrooms that we already have on campus, but then will give us the opportunity to replace those labs that are heavily utilized,” said Katie Patronis, Board Member of Trustees.

The budget is now in the hands of Governor Rick Scott, who would have to approve the $5 million appropriation.

Last year he vetoed $14 million earmarked for the same project.