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Serafin Martinez, left, Juan Hernandez and Steve Gamble of Greencare Landscaping planted magnolias, maple trees and oak trees outside Calhoun Community College’s new math and science building Thursday. A federal grant, announced Thursday, will permit Calhoun to do more landscaping soon.
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Serafin Martinez, left, Juan Hernandez and Steve Gamble of Greencare Landscaping planted magnolias, maple trees and oak trees outside Calhoun Community College’s new math and science building Thursday. A federal grant, announced Thursday, will permit Calhoun to do more landscaping soon.

Calhoun gets grant for lights, landscaping

By Eric Fleischauer
eric@decaturdaily.com · 340-2435

Calhoun Community College President Marilyn Beck said Thursday that the school received a $183,000 federal transportation enhancement grant.

The grant is for landscaping and lighting along U.S. 31. She received a letter from Gov. Bob Riley advising her of the grant Wednesday.

“This will greatly improve the appearance of the front of our campus,” Beck said. “We can’t wait to get started.”

Beck announced the grant to the State Board of Education, which met at Calhoun on Thursday.

She did not have details on when the school would begin using the grant, which requires a 20-percent match from Calhoun.

Beck said landscaping, lighting and underground wiring are included in the contract for some of the newer buildings, including the new math-science building.

“Grants like this help us to get the lighting in front of the other buildings,” Beck said. “This will help us do what we’re already doing in front of the math-science building, but all along the front of the campus.

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