SSB funding, purpose

The $7.9 million Support Services Building (SSB) was originally the $4.2 million Student Services Building, according to the June 18, 2002, RVC board report. RVC President Roland Chapdelaine signed report 6005 that reads, “The construction of the SSB is a state supported project, the state will provide 75 percent of the project funding and the college provides 25 percent.”

In contradiction, former RVC Board of Trustees Chairman Chris Johnson said the building was paid entirely with non-voter approved local funds.

Johnson wrote on Jan.30 of this year, “The source of funding for the Support Services Building was General Obligation Bonds: Series 2000 and Series 2002.”

The purpose of the building has also evolved. Chapdelaine wrote in the same June 2002 board report: “This new building [sic] be located on the main campus and will serve as the ‘front door’ to the college. Currently, there is not a ‘front door’ to campus to welcome visitors.”

However, plans for the SSB changed from being a welcoming and service center for students, to housing primarily accounting, human resources, mail services and campus police.

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