The bond issue would be paid for through a mandatory student fee, the first ever at
The bonds would finance
It would be one of 16 community college construction projects -- each of the institutions in the
The student fee at first would be
Built in 1967, ACTC's original building has never been updated. The same is true at most KCTCS campuses.
The greatest need is updated heating, air conditioning and energy management controls, according to Adkins. The current system is inefficient, she said.
For instance, each floor of the building is divided into two or three zones for temperature control purposes. The lobby, used constantly, is in the same zone as the theater, used only intermittently, yet the two areas can't be heated or cooled separately.
She anticipates considerable savings on energy bills if the improvements are made.
Beshear proposes to issue
ACTC has needs far beyond the proposed renovation and a complete upgrade of the building would cost more like
KCTCS believes the fee, which amounts to 5.5 percent of the current tuition rate, wouldn't significantly impact the ability of students to afford college.
Statistics KCTCS got from the
At all except the highest income levels, KCTCS students on average receive more in financial aid and scholarships than they pay in tuition, fees and books, Adkins said.
KCTCS has not received any state construction funding since 2006.
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