New College seeks funds to finish expansion

TALLAHASSEE — New College of Florida President Donal O’Shea on Tuesday made a pitch for $5.25 million in the new state budget to allow the school to complete the $8.9 million expansion of the Heiser Natural Sciences facility. Donal O’Shea is the president of New College of Florida. (Herald-Tribune archive / 2013) Lawmakers have already approved $3.65 million for the 23,000-square-foot addition that will house the school’s new data science master’s degree program and help the school increase its number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates. The $5.25 million in the 2016-17 budget would allow the college to complete the project, which is set to begin construction in July 2016 and finish by September 2017. In data provided to the Board of Governors’ panel that oversees university facilities…


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