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BP Oil Spill Settlement Money Will Fund Wakulla High Automotive Facility

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The Wakulla County School Board is getting a new automotive technician training facility. The project will cost almost $4 million dollars from a settlement with BP over the 2010 oil spill. The School Board will chip in $375,000 toward the project.

Attorney Alan Manning counsels the board responsible for overseeing the settlements on contracts. He says the school district will try to secure non-monetary donations as well.

"One thing in this agreement is that, the school district does have an affirmative obligation to go out into the community and try to seek donations to support this project, either money or in-kind contributions of equipment," Manning said.

The project will fund renovations to the bus garage at Wakulla High School which will house the new program. It is expected to be completed by December 2021.

Ryan Dailey is a reporter/producer for WFSU/Florida Public Radio. After graduating from Florida State University, Ryan went into print journalism working for the Tallahassee Democrat for five years. At the Democrat, he worked as a copy editor, general assignment and K-12 education reporter.