BURLINGTON, Vt. — Contract talks between University of Vermont administrators and faculty members have stalled over spending.

WCAX-TV reports the university faculty union met Thursday night to discuss spending priorities. UVM is currently working on upgrades to an athletics facility and construction on a $104 million complex dedicated to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Faculty union president and sociology professor Tom Streeter acknowledges that building new facilities will attract students. However, Streeter says the money could be better spent.

Last year, UVM announced it had cut 12 spring courses following a $4 million budget shortfall. Faculty layoffs were also considered.

UVM said in a statement that the Multi-Purpose Center would be paid for by donations and student fees. UVM said it renovates and replaces buildings to “compete nationally for students, faculty and staff.”

Information from: WCAX-TV, http://www.wcax.com