UNC School System Renovations

The University of North Carolina system says it plans to have opened 55 new or renovated buildings by the end up the upcoming fiscal year.

But it says it might not have the money to open some of those buildings if the legislature doesn't appropriate operational funds for the school system.

East Carolina University, is one of the schools that could be affected.

East Carolina University is in the process of building its new family medicine center, one of 17 University of North Carolina system buildings the UNC system says it might not have enough money to operate when construction is finished.

UNC system officials say the legislature didn't give the school system any money for operational costs, like electricity and maintenance bills, this year.

They say they've asked for 25 million dollars for the upcoming fiscal year, and say so far the house has appropriated 12 million dollars, while the senate doesn't want to give any money for operational costs - meaning once the buildings are finished, they might not be able to open.

Durham says some of the money used to operate the building could be taken from ECU's academic programs, which he says would have a negative impact on students.

He says the new family medicine center is scheduled to open in the spring of 2011.

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