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April 28, 2014

Dalton State could see dormitories by 2016

Dalton State College students could see dorms on campus by 2016, according to a press release from the state Board of Regents.

The board — a 19-member group appointed by the governor to run public college operations — is seeking a public-private partnership to build housing at Dalton State and eight other public colleges in the state.

The company selected by the board will oversee dorm layout and construction, and security, and will set rent costs, the release stated, adding that the board is accepting company portfolios until June 10, making selections by 2015.

Pam Partain, director of communications for Dalton State, said officials with the college couldn’t yet comment on the project because it’s still in the beginning stages.

According to a story by The Associated Press, it’s not clear if private dorms will make housing costs cheaper for students, but Hank Huckaby, chancellor of the University System of Georgia, stated in the press release that the privately-owned dorms will “reduce the system’s financial obligations for existing student housing and new housing development while ensuring students have affordable, safe, quality housing options.”

“We plan to engage a private sector partner that can bring innovation and efficiencies to our housing operations,” he stated, “while enabling our campuses to focus on their core mission of education.”

According to the AP, college officials will have more say on the dorms before leases— which could run from 30 to 65 years — are signed by private companies. Members of the regents told the AP they plan to “maintain some control over rent and daily operations” even after leases are signed, but it wasn’t clear what that would look like.

The other eight colleges selected for the project include Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, Columbus State University, East Georgia State College in Swainsboro, Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia Regents University in Augusta and the University of North Georgia in Gainesville and Dahlonega.

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