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School program sets up annual open house

Thursday, June 2, 2011

An Open House for the new home built by students in the Clay Community Schools Building and Trades program has been scheduled for Sunday, June 12, from 1-5 p.m. The house is located at 1726 E. Bill Brown Court, in Clay View Estates. [Order this photo]
On Sunday, June 12, county residents will be able to see the end results of nine months of intense labor from students in the Clay Community Schools Building and Trades program.

The program will conduct its official open house for its new home, which sits at 1726 E. Bill Brown Court, in Clay View Estates (located on East Pinckley Street in Brazil). The event is scheduled for 1-5 p.m.

Building and Trades instructor Dan Dragon said the students in the program are nearly completed with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage home.

"We're about where we usually are," Dragon said. "It's a beautiful home. This has the largest great room that we've ever put on a home. The great room itself is 25-by-28 feet. It's just huge."

Students in the program as well as Dragon, his co-instructor Rod Clarke, and the Building and Trades advisory board will be on hand at the open house.

The advisory board is composed of Leon and Barbara Mercer, Tom and Carol Vanatti, Don and Mary Lou Miller, Bernard and Martha James, Ken and Jennifer Pugh, Cliff and Lori Romas, Andy and Jodi Lohrman, Rosemary Sherer, Melinda Dragon, Kathy Knust, John Vanatti and Rob Mitchell.

Melinda told The Brazil Times the advisory board gets together with her husband to discuss the new home.

"They always have three bedrooms and they always have two bathrooms," she said. "When they show up the first day of school, all they have is the foundation.

"The kids do all the work. They paint. They finish the woodwork. They trim it out. They lay all the brick. The kids get hands on all of that stuff except heating and air conditioning and laying carpet. The focus is on the kids and what they learn."

Melinda added the advisory board doesn't go overboard with the décor of the home because the students only have nine months to finish the product.

"They have to have a finished product at the end of the year," she said. "There is tons of stuff they do."

On May 10, the advisory board conducted a year-end banquet for the students in the program.

At the banquet, juniors A.J. Anderson and Tanner Glenn were awarded the Bill Brown Awards while Brad Smith and Josh Moreland were awarded Harry Sherer Awards.

Brown was the first instructor of the course, which was established in 1974.

Harry Sherer was one of the original members of the first advisory board and stayed on the board until he died.

Dan said criteria for juniors include performances evaluations from each grading period, attendance and scores on all written work. Leadership abilities are added as criteria for seniors.

While the home has not sold yet, Dan said he is confident it will soon.

"It is still available," he said. "It's not normal to still have possession of it. This is the second time in three years that we haven't had it sold before the end of the school year. Before that, I think it was nine or 10 years that it was not sold before the end of the school year."

Dan said anyone who may be interested in the home should contact Cliff Romas at 812-239-2919.

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