CANYON - State legislators approved nearly $80 million for West Texas A&M University. Though it sounds like there's extra money for the school, that's not the case. Much of it is part of their annual budget.
The state also approved $16 million for renovating the Classroom Center. It's a 40-year-old building in need of improvements. According to Gary Barnes, Vice President for Business and Finance, the Classroom Center is home to the College of Business. It's also the most heavily used building, with 48 classrooms. He says the improvements include adding electronic video monitors, wireless internet, and even adding new chairs and desks.
Students and faculty who normally use the Classroom Center will have to use the old Fine Arts Building when construction starts in January. The improved building should be ready for use by Fall of 2009.
Earlier this year, tuition went up, from $52 a semester credit hour to $72. Officials say that's still the same.