SCHEV urges more funds
for higher ed buildings
State Council of Higher Education
for Virginia is recommending an additional $286 million in
general fund support to address building needs at Virginia's public
colleges and universities. SCHEV sent this and other 2000-02 budget
amendments to the governor and the General Assembly Oct. 17. The
governor prepares the 2001-02 budget this month.
the current 2000 Appropriation Act, the governor and General Assembly
provided $205.5 million in general funds for capital outlay.
members decided to target capital outlay due to concern about
the backlog of deferred maintenance at higher education institutions
and schools' already identified needs for substantial renovation
and improvement of facilities.
"It would help tremendously," said Nancy Rivers, U.Va.'s
director of state
governmental relations. Some of the initiatives have been
included in the six-year Institutional Performance Agreement U.Va.
recently submitted to the state.
The University's projects included in the SCHEV recommendation
are: renovations to Fayerweather Hall, Cocke Hall and Gilmer Hall
teaching labs, plus a Campbell Hall chiller replacement and Medical
Center stormwater and sewer work.
Along with boosting funds for maintenance reserve, the recommendation
includes partial funding for a Central Grounds chilled water plant
and an electrical vault to upgrade service to several Health
is also recommending that faculty salary increases averaging about
4 percent be provided in the upcoming fiscal year. A 3 percent
annual increase for administrative faculty, part-time faculty
and graduate teaching assistants is also recommended. The governor
and General Assembly had not included increases in the second
year of the biennium budget.