WINCHESTER — The Umpqua Community College Board of Trustees has awarded the Snyder Hall construction contract to DSL Builders from Salem.

Snyder Hall was the site of the Oct. 1, 2015, mass shooting at the college.

Board member Betty Tamm made the announcement at the last board meeting of the school year Wednesday. She said DSL Builders submitted a bid of about $3.75 million that was under the available budget for the project at $4.25 million.

Tamm added that a reduction in the total amount of the project still needs to be made in the amount of $500,000 because of a gap in the budget, but the project will begin moving forward next week.

The original building was demolished in October 2016. The new Snyder Hall will be roughly the same size as the original building and include a garden to provide a space for meditation for students.

Also at the meeting, four board members said their goodbyes as their terms ended. Board members Bob Bell, Sharon Rice, Chris Rusch and board Chairwoman Vanessa Becker shared some tears and solemn words after the meeting.

“This is my time to lean out, but my heart will always be here,” Becker said.

The board also adopted the 2017-18 UCC budget at $75,296,338 that incorporated the new changes of adding $50,000 to a deferred maintenance fund and $15,000 to a strategic fund.

Becker also announced that the college’s Memorial Committee plans to build three Oct. 1, 2015, memorials: two on campus and one off campus. One memorial tentatively will be overlooking the river on campus, while another will be closer to the parking lot for the public driving by to see.

The third memorial off campus will be located within the community. Committee members will meet with community partners from the city and the county in a future meeting to select a potential site.

Newly elected board members Steve Loosley, Joelle McGrorty, Guy Kennerly and David Littlejohn will be present at the first UCC board meeting of the 2017-18 school year scheduled for Wednesday, July 12.

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Every college is constantly crying for money, and UCC is no exception. They're always short in some area. To me demolishing an entire perfectly good building in an attempt to erase a terrible event just makes no sense. Where are the funds coming from? Could it have been spent of other more urgent projects? Of course. Will it make the families of the victims feel better? I doubt it. It's just a waste all the way around, and doesn't serve the living, or the dead. In advance I know the reaction my post will bring: I'm a heartless so & so. I'm a "Trumpster!" I'm a "Hater!" To short minded people I am. I'm neither. I am a pragmatist.

just me

time for kids to learn to buck up

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