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Jun 20, 2016 08:02 AM EDT

Buckeye Boys State Program is under negotiation for transfer from Bowling Green State University to Miami University.

Buckeye Boys State Director Gerald White clarified that there has no decision made about the removal of BBS program from Bowling Green State University. It was after the remarks given by Col. Scott Manning, retired U.S. Air Force, last May 30 at Oak Grove Cemetery on Memorial Day, that the program will be moved to Miami University or any institution, Sentinel Tribune reported.

The contract which was signed by American Legion and BBS five years ago and was about to expire this year. White also illustrated the negotiation among BGSU and BBS as "on process of a new contract". He added that the negotiation team already made a suggestion to Buckeye Boys State Board.

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According to BGSU spokesman Dave Kielmeyer, negotiations hands- on government imitation program at BGSU are ongoing, American Legion did not notified the university about the said decision. Kielmeyer emphasized, BGSU greatly values our long-term relationship with Buckeye Boys State.

It is an important partnership for the university. It's a partnership we value. The team will do everything can to keep them here at BGSU.

Last year, for 1,194 delegates, BGSU billed the American Legion $314,786 for Boys State and it was said that the university charges Boys State only to cover the university's food package, maintenance and staffing and usage of residence halls and buildings, The Blade reported.

David Ridenour, a BBS trustee said that Manning's comment sent shock waves through the community. An increase could really influence them. You are carrying 1,200 of most competitive juniors to campus.

 They are the ones applying for college in the fall. Their family and peers are coming, so what value are you putting on the marketing?

It's not only about putting on a conference. It is about the future of the learners. These kids are hypothetical and intelligent students. 

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