Oneida County is funding a new Animal Science Center at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School.

County Executive Anthony Picente says the project is being paid for with nearly $500,000 through Partners in Prosperity, a program put in place using Oneida Nation gaming revenue.

County Executive Picente Said “When we settled long standing disputes with the Oneida Indian Nation and began receiving revenue through gaming I wanted to use some of those dollars for a variety of initiatives that assisted us in moving this county forward.

Today is a shining example of a project that will enhance the unique STEM educational offerings here in VVS and have a positive impact for the students and teachers here in the western part of our county.”

The Animal Science Center will be located on the high school campus, adjacent to the VVS agriculture department maple production facility.

The multi-species animal facility will provide in-depth studies in animal agriculture to students.