$1.1 Million for Ag Center
McKay C-T News Reporter
Published: Thursday, May 15, 2008
Technical School may soon receive $1.138 million in state funds to
build a new agricultural education facility at the Litton Agri-Science
agriculture program offered at GRTS currently takes up about a
quarter of the space at the school and Rep. John Quinn said that
building a new center will free up valuable space that GRTS
desperately needs. Ron Wolf, director of GRTS, said that the current
GRTS building was originally built for about 350 students and is now
being used to house nearly 700.
is part of the Missouri state budget set up for capital improvement
projects. “Our state budget for the next fiscal year comes in at
22.4 billion dollars,” said Quinn. “We have taken the time to
make sure every single dollar is being spent wisely.”
stated that one of the most important services the government
provides is education. “This marks the fourth year in a row we
have increased funding to education,” said Quinn. The budget will
include funding for multiple projects within the State of Missouri,
including plans to build a new GRTS Ag Center. Quinn stated that he
addressed the importance of Chillicothe's Grand River Technical
School and how beneficial this type of program was to Missouri.
include a 15,000 square foot facility with lab space and classrooms.
The ag department would then be moved to the Litton Ag Center.
would be to our advantage and to the teacher's advantage to have
class and labs all in the same spot," said Wolf. He also stated
that moving the ag department would free up much needed space at the
current school for new programs.
sketched agricultural building is still in the planning stages. The
new building has been reported on at board meetings but is stalemate
at the current time. "We're waiting on the state," said
Wolf. The governor has to sign the bill to pass. The money will then
be available July 1 of the next fiscal year and then has to be spent
within two years after that date.
Technical turned in an application for the funds last October.
"We had support from our legislators," stated Wolf.
"John Quinn and Brad Lager wrote letters of support for us to
get this bill passed."
bill is through appropriations and now awaits Gov. Matt Blunt's
signature. The state will reimburse general revenue funds up to
$1,137,500. The funds are a 50/50 local match, which means that even
after the bill is signed, GRTS will need to raise matching funds for
the project; totaling $2.275 million.