Assembly vote clears way for college building

April 11, 2002

A major hurdle to the construction of a new nursing and allied health building at Carroll Community College was lifted Monday night when the General Assembly approved amendments to the state construction budget that included $2.7 million in funding for the building.

When the governor announced his capital budget for fiscal 2003, the building was excluded. Carroll Sen. Larry E. Haines, Carroll Community College President Faye Pappalardo and county agencies lobbied legislators to reinstate bond projects such as this in amendments to the bill.

"We have a nursing shortage across the state, so getting this facility completed is certainly a very worthy project," Haines said.

The state's money adds to $339,000 of the county's funds that have been approved for the building's design, which Pappalardo said should be finished by early December. Then the contract for construction will go to bid, with the entire project slated for completion a year after groundbreaking.

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