Concern over renovation costs at University of Akron president's home

Concern over renovation costs at University of Akron president's home

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - A budget shortfall at the University of Akron is a tough pill to swallow especially for people who have lost their jobs.

They and others are outraged over $950,000 in renovations to university president Scott Scarborough's university-owned home.

That price tag includes furnishing the residence.

One decoration is drawing the most criticism: a decorative olive jar costing more than $500.

Chairman of the Board of Trustees Jonathan Pavloff says all the money used for renovations and furnishing the home was donated and directed for a specific purpose.

"So there were no monies from the general fund. No monies from the state share of instruction that went into acquiring any of the furnishings or in the renovation or acquisition of the residence," Pavloff explained.

But that explanation is not keeping people from taking to social media to vent their disgust over the issue.

There is even a twitter page dedicated to the "olive jar."

Pavloff admits the board did not look at line item detail when it came to that budget.

He says they handed that over to a professional, but. he says the budget was met.

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