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Media Memo: Education Building included in state budget

TO: News Editors and Directors

FROM: Mike Rindo

DATE: June 17, 2011

SUBJECT: Education Building included in state budget

New Education Building

The 2011-13 Wisconsin state budget passed this week by the state Assembly and Senate provides funding for construction of a new $44.5 million Education Building at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The approximately 170,000 square-foot building will replace the obsolete Brewer Hall/Campus School complex. It will be located between Schneider Hall and Zorn Arena. Campus School will be razed to make way for the new building. The current project timeline calls for construction to begin in April 2012 with completion in November 2013.

This is the first new building to be fully funded with state tax dollars on the UW-Eau Claire campus in 30 years. The Human Sciences and Services building on Water Street, constructed in 1982, was the last fully state funded building.

The new education building will house UW-Eau Claire's College of Education and Human Sciences administrative units; significant classroom space; the departments of education studies, English, foreign languages and special education; and select student support services, including Services for Students with Disabilities, the Student Success Center (providing writing, math and other academic support) and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Other 2011-13 state budget facts:

  • Reduces state funding to UW-Eau Claire by $6.3 million annually (this is a permanent annual budget reduction).
  • Allows up to a 5.5 percent tuition increase annually for the two years of the biennium.
  • Will not affect the ongoing implementation of the Blugold Commitment.
  • Includes long-sought flexibilities in budgeting, financial management, personnel and other areas.

For additional information, contact Mike Rindo, UW-Eau Claire assistant chancellor for facilities and executive director of communications, at 715-836-4742 or rindomj@uwec.edu.

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