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House splits school funding
A $19.8 billion budget passed by the state House of Representatives Tuesday includes funding for only one of two new technical college facilities proposed for the southeast region of Coastal Georgia.

Rep. Alex Atwood, R-St. Simons Island, a member of the appropriations committee in the House, said $13.5 million was approved for a satellite campus of Altamaha Technical College in Glynn County by the House.

"I worked hard on this," Atwood said Tuesday following passage of the funding.

Funding for the Glynn County school, which would come from the state sale of 20-year bonds, must be approved in the Senate.

"I'm sure Sen. (William) Ligon will be working towards the same goals," Atwood said.

Not included in the House version of the budget, which covers the next fiscal year beginning July 1, is funding for a similar satellite campus in Camden County, where Altamaha Technical College is holding classes temporarily at College of Coastal Georgia in Kingsland.

Supporters of an independent campus in Camden County have asked Ligon, R-St. Simons Island, to try to add funding for their proposed technical school in the Senate's version of the budget.

Ligon's district includes Camden County, as well as Glynn, McIntosh, Brantley and Charlton counties.

The initial request in the budget was for $28 million to build campuses for Altamaha Technical College in Brunswick and Kingsland, technical college president Lorette Hoover told The News Feb. 21.

Funding for the campus in Brunswick, where the technical school is now operating out of Golden Isles Career Academy, was pulled at the last minute in 2012 and channeled to a technical school expansion in metro Atlanta.

Also in the House budget is $2 million for the proposed renovation of Academic Commons South at College of Coastal Georgia.

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