Gov. Perdue’s state budget proposal for fiscal year 2007 announced Wednesday includes $4.65 million for a vocational building to be built at the Whitfield County Career Academy to serve as an extension of Dalton State College and to be staffed by college professors.

Perdue last year vetoed $5 million in the 2006 budget for the building. The proposed 2007 funding is part of a $227 million bond package for Georgia’s Board of Regents to fund new construction and renovation projects throughout the state’s university system.

“We’re delighted that’s in there,” John Hutcheson, vice president for academic affairs at Dalton State College, said Wednesday night. “We had intended to make another push for it. We were surprised when it was vetoed at the last moment last year, I think it caught the (area) legislative delegation by surprise. They’ll be gratified to see it’s in his proposal this year. Hopefully this time it will work out.”

Perdue said last year that the veto, one of several involving college construction projects, came from a desire to reduce new debt.

The fiscal year 2007 budget proposal also includes a $383 million bond package for construction of classrooms across the state to help local school systems meet proposed class size reductions Perdue announced Tuesday.

Included in the $383 million is:

• $366,351 for Woodlawn Elementary School in Murray County, which is scheduled to open in August.

• $1.11 million for Southeast High School and $1.29 million for Northwest Whitfield High School in Whitfield County.

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