While most Clay County high school students are stuck inside all day learning about reading, writing and arithmetic, the 22 students in the Building Trades program are outdoors studying roofing, wiring, and architecture.
For the past 29 years, Clay City and Northview High School Building Trades classes have collaborated on building a house which is then sold. By building the house students get a chance to taste what a career in construction trades would be like. With only a school year to finish the project, the class always has their nose to the grindstone. Pupils are responsible for all masonry, rough framing, setting doors and windows and roofing. That's simply the outside. They also have to rough-in and finish the wiring and plumbing, install insulation, closet lining, and cabinets, and hang blue board. The class then does the painting, wallpapering, veneer plaster, sub-flooring and finishes the woodwork.
Building Trades instructor Dan Dragon said, "The purpose of this program is to allow students exposure in as many of the construction trades as possible so they can target a career path." The Building Trades program is open to any junior or senior who has taken one year in Construction Process and Systems.
The houses usually sell for $100,000 and up. Profits made from selling the house goes back into the Building Trades program for items such as materials and more land to build on. The class is currently building a house at the corner of CR 900 N. and Harry Sherer Dr. in an annexed subdivision dubbed Clay View Estates. The 3,750-square-foot house contains 2,246 square feet of living space and a wraparound porch, making it the largest home of the five homes in Clay View Estates.
The house will be open to the public rain or shine on June 8 from 1-5 pm.