Robersons donate to Technology excellence fund

Published: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 09:41 AM.

Included, and approved, was change order #16 that called for the construction manager, GAC Contractors Inc. out of Panama City, and the contractor, HJ High Construction Co. out of Orlando, to revise the contract down to $27.1 million.

This was due to a $4.8 million reduction in the first 15 change orders, and a $55,210 drop in change order 16. This last drop came about as a result of about $400,000 in savings for having the owner direct purchase ATC building materials, and $345,000 in additional costs for having to buy culinary kitchen equipment.

“The ATC “is going to make a difference. It’s going to be a staple for providing jobs,” said trustee Dan Estes.

During the portion of the meeting where trustees reflected on the recent election, he said that “America is going to do well. We’re part of that. The world may go through a recession but we don’t have to participate.”

Trustee Ralph Roberson noted the dozen or so students enrolled in a new welding class at the Gulf-Franklin Center. “That’s a tremendous help, and it shows you what the college can do in assisting with job creation at the county level,” he said.

Roberson later presented a giant check to GCSC to represent the $5,000 that the Port St. Joe certified public accountant and his wife Margaret donated to the ATC Excellence Fund.

“We have a lot of needs,” he said. “This is going to be a great thing and we’re glad to play a small part in that?”

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