By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
BOONEVILLE – Student leaders Sam Bragg and Ben Ford understand the historical significance of Tuesday’s groundbreaking for a new student services center at Northeast Mississippi Community College.
Representing the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and student government association, Bragg and Ford thanked the college’s board of trustees for the vision, planning and hard work to make the T. Jack Ramsey Student Services Building a reality.
The 37,000-square-foot facility, named for the president of the school’s board of trustees, is expected to take 18 to 24 months to build.
It will house many of the offices that students use most frequently: business office, financial aid, admissions and records, housing and the counseling center.
The building also will be the new location for the president’s office, vice president and dean of instruction.
“This project has been three years in the planning,” said college President Johnny Allen. “It is the first significant capital investment on this campus in 12 years.”
Construction is estimated at $7 million, but when it’s done, with furnishings and landscaping, the project will cost about $9 million, Allen said.
Funding is provided through local funds from the boards of supervision in the college’s five-county service area and through state capital improvement bond funds, the president said.
Ramsey has served on the board for 27 years, but remembers his own student days at the college.
“I appreciate the board bestowing this honor on me to name the T. Jack Ramsey Student Services Building,” he said. “I remember taking the bus from Iuka over gravel roads to Northeast as a freshman in 1961. I feel we’ve accomplished a lot through the years.”
Terri Williams of ArchitectureSouth in Tupelo was lead architect on the project, and the contractor is Panola Construction of Batesville.
“The enthusiasm of Northeast leadership, staff and students makes this project special,” Williams said.
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