Georgia governor Nathan Deal was in Statesboro Monday visiting Georgia Southern University where he ceremoniously signed the state’s $20.8 billion budget. His visit was one of several around the state to point out some projects to benefit from the new budget.
He was in front of the Marvin Pittman Administration Building to highlight the benefits to education in the budget. For the first time in five years faculty will receive raises. He also said the university will receive $9.5 million build a new 30,000 square foot military science building to replace a 10,000 square foot temporary building used by the Reserve Officer Training Corps fr the past decade.
Quality Basic Education funds for kindergarten through the 12th grade will receive an additional $514.3 million dollars in the budget. Deal said local school boards and superintendents will be able to determine the best use for the money.
Tuition for seven fields…welding, diesel mechanics, practical nursing, long-distance truck driving, health information, health technology and general information technology….will be funded by the budget. Students at Technical College System and the University System school will see a 3 percent increase in Hope Grants and Scholarships.
Southeastern Technical College, a rail line in Screven County, Gordonia Altamaha State Park in Reidsville and George L. Smith State Park in Twin City will also benefit from the new budget.