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Gov. Brown Approves $4.25M For Umpqua College Building Renovation

<p>Police tape of Umpqua Community College, Roseburg.</p>

John Rosman


Police tape of Umpqua Community College, Roseburg.

Friday marks six months since a gunman opened fire on a classroom at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg.

Ten people died, including a professor and the gunman. Another seven were injured in the shooting at Snyder Hall.

The building has remained closed to classes since the incident.

Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill March 29 authorizing $4.25 million to renovate the building. The money was allotted in an amendment to Senate Bill 5701, and included an additional $1.8 million that's likely to be used to improve campus safety.

“Snyder Hall is pretty much as it was," said UCC Public Information Officer Anne Marie Levis. "We have a banner on it. Otherwise, it’s pretty much just an empty building at this point. We are starting to do some design work.”

The Roseburg News Review reports that school officials will use most of the money allotted by lawmakers to " renovate and reconfigure the 50-year-old building."

“It really is a central building on our campus," Levis said. "It’s something the Legislature felt was important enough for them to allocate that amount of money to enable us to really recover.”

Levis said even though Friday marks six months since the tragedy, right now students and staff are mostly focused on upcoming graduation.

Copyright 2016 Oregon Public Broadcasting

Conrad Wilson is a reporter and producer covering criminal justice and legal affairs for OPB.