Viewpoint: Early College and ASU

A struggle is going on between Albany State and the Dougherty County School system over the use of an ASU building for the Early College Program.

The Dougherty County School System spent almost half a million dollars to help renovate Andrews Hall on the ASU campus, and has an agreement to use it for at least three more years for the Early College Program.

But now ASU wants to alter the deal.

After conducting a state-ordered facilities review, Albany State leaders decided they have a better use for Andrews Hall.

ASU's president wants the early college program moved off the ASU campus altogether.

Dougherty County School Board Members can fight to enforce the current agreement or accept a different lease, that would force them to find a new location for the Early College.

We're hopeful that the two groups can work out an agreement – otherwise, if the early college program is moved away from Andrews Hall,  Albany State should reimburse the school system for taxpayer money spent to renovate the college building.

It's the right thing to do.

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