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Board approves funding for student housing projects

During a meeting held on Oct. 25, the SVSU Board of Control voted to approve $9.5 million for student
housing projects.

This was in addition to $4.6 million that was approved previously.

Executive vice president for administration and business affairs Jim Muladore explained where the money would be going.

“The funding supports renovations of several campus student residential facilities,” he said. “[Including] Living Center South, University Village and the First Year Suites. Other residential facilities such as Living Center North-MJ Brandimore have recently been renovated. Pine Grove Apartments and Living Center Southwest are scheduled for future work.”

The University Village renovations are scheduled to take place in four phases with the first phase starting summer of 2022 and the second the summer of 2023.

The last two phases don’t currently have a set date. First Year Suites will be completed over the summer of 2023 as
well.

Also, during the meeting, board members voted on changes for the support staff contracts.

Executive director of university communications J.J. Boehm explained what the changes were.

“Members of the SVSU Support Staff Association will receive one time payments of $800 each for the current fiscal year, as well wage increases of 2% in the 2023 and 2024 fiscal years,” he said. “The deal also includes increases in the university’s contributions toward members’ health insurance premiums and offering health insurance through MESSA to members of the
Association.”

The changes were negotiated by the school and Support Staff Association after the previous contract had ended in June.

“The previous contract had a three-year term that expired on June 30, 2021,” Boehm said. “Renegotiating and maintaining a current collective bargaining agreement creates workforce stability and predictability that benefits both the employees, the employer and all who interact with the University.”

Boehm noted the past two years have been difficult for everyone but also the people involved in these changes.

“The past two years have been extraordinarily challenging for all SVSU faculty and staff, including those represented by the Support Staff Association,” he said. “We appreciate their dedication to serving our students and continuing university operations, and that is demonstrated through the compensation increases included in the contract.”

Alyssa McMillan

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