Grambling State Officials Looking To New Year And New Direction

By Jonathan McCall - bio | email

GRAMBLING, LA (KSLA) - "This is an exciting year for us.And Grambling State University, shared their excitement with the media over breakfast Monday morning. But the college still faces issues from the previous school year.

"It's just very difficult to know prompted or sparked the chaos."  In April, the campus was placed on lockdown, after reports of gunfire between two groups of students. Dr. Robert Dixon says months later, school officials are still unsure about what happened. "To the best of our knowledge it was fireworks but we really don't know."  The school also received an unfavorable audit from the state. Claiming the school had entered into illegal contracts and that more than $300, 000 was unaccounted for... the school says the report was misleading. "In many cases when you look, what you find is that the property that one is not obsolete if not unusable."

With the negative publicity of the lockdown and states audit over their heads, campus officials at GSU are optimistic the schools future is bright  Dr. Michael McKinney says a new 6 year, 30 million dollar effort to improve projects on campus is on target. And the college is about to get some help from radio host Tom Joyner. Joyner selected Grambling St. as the school of the month for August. "We expect him on campus to help raise money in October during homecoming a portion of that 30 million dollar capital campaign."