By Wayne Allen
On Wednesday, Gov. John Kasich signed House Bill (H.B.) 497, Ohio’s $2.4 billion Capital Budget, into law. The budget included $250,000 towards the installation of a campgrounds at Earl Thomas Conley Park and
$4 million for Shawnee State University to expand its Health Science Programs.
Scioto County Grants Administrator Michelle Throckmorton said total project cost would be about $600,000, with $250,000 coming from the state, $250,000 being applied for through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and $100,000 coming from the county. Throckmorton said once installed the campgrounds will have about 40 camp sites.
“It would be foolish not to do something, we’ve got all of that space down there,” said Mike Crabtree, chairman of the Scioto County Commissioners. “It’s sitting idle doing nothing when it could be serving the public and make some money for the county.”
Also included in the capital budget was $4 million for Shawnee State University to expand its Health Science Programs. SSU President Dr. Rita Rice Morris said this funding will allow the university to expand its health science programs into more classroom and laboratory spaces.
“Expanding these areas helps to meet the increasing demands of our regional hospitals and health care providers,” Morris said.
Morris explained that the proposed classrooms and laboratories would be located on Fourth Street. The proposed capital funds would enable Shawnee State to remodel its facilities, expanding capabilities for health science and STEM-related programs. Health science disciplines at Shawnee State include a master’s of occupational therapy, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapy assistant, nursing, athletic training, respiratory therapy, radiologic technology, dental, medical laboratory, and emergency medical technology programs.
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