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AASU Liberty Center hoping to move
School board drops out of partnership
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According to Bill Megathlin, assistant to the president of Armstrong Atlantic State University, the Liberty County Campus has seen a double-digit increase in enrollment during the past year.
The influx, which he expects to continue when the 5th Brigade arrives, is leaving teachers, students and residents wondering when the temporary campus, called the Liberty Center, will get a new and permanent address.
Megathlin said representatives from the school met with the Liberty County Development Authority and other city officials last week
to focus on getting the project started. The group is still weighing possibilities and sifting through details.
“We’re looking at a joint facility with the new library,” he said. “That’s one of the possibilities. It would make a lot of sense; they could share the cost.”
Megathlin said SPLOST money, already designated for the library, could help with some of the funding under that option.
He said partnering with the library would be great, but noted there are a few other options, including a downtown location or a facility in place of the old airport.
Megathlin said Armstrong will be responsible for funding much of the new center, which will include more classrooms, labs and offices.
Also at the meeting, the Liberty County Board of Education decided to terminate its partnership with AASU. Comment from the board regarding the decision was not available at press time.
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