Lee College Regents met Thursday and approved preliminary work for issuing bonds, setting the stage for the $40 million in bonds authorized by voters in may to be issued in August or September. The board also approved using a design-build method for contracting work to renovate the pilot plant, and selected Johnson Controls to plan the work.

The action on the bond issue Thursday was approval of a preliminary official statement that will be distributed to potential buyers. The board set a called meeting for Aug. 6 for the next step in the process that will then clear the way for the sale of the bonds.

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