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Clayton Science building good to go

— Clayton State University may tout itself as a place where dreams become reality, but its own dream came true at the state Capitol Tuesday.

The university has been seeking funds for a new science building since 2007. It came close to getting the construction money in 2011, but Gov. Nathan Deal had concerns about the funding mechanism and vetoed the plan.

This week was different. Deal signed the state’s $19.8 billion budget — that includes $19.8 million for the science building — during a ceremony at this office Tuesday morning.

Clayton State officials have argued for years that a new science building is needed because student demand for laboratory classes far outweighs the available lab space on the school’s Morrow campus. That has resulted in waiting lists of students who need to take required lab classes to graduate.