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State Supt. visits with faculty, students

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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Tony Bennett, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, talks with Northview student Brandon Gillespie, 16, as he lays concrete blocks as a part of Project No. 39, a construction project as part of the Clay Community Schools Building and Trades program. [Order this photo]
Tony Bennett, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, visited Clay County Monday, Aug. 20, and met with students, faculty and advisory board members of the Clay Community Schools Building Trades Training Corporation.

The building trades training program was added to CCS curriculum in 1974 as a way to give students practical training in building trades.

Bennett was given a tour of Project No. 38, a three-bedroom home, located at 1746 E. Bill Brown Court in Clay View Estates. This 1,770 square foot home was fully constructed and completed by 12 Northview and Clay City juniors and seniors during the 2011-12 school year.

"This is phenomenal," Bennett said after touring the home. "I am unbelievably impressed with the quality of the home."

Bennett was also able to visit the construction site of a new home, Project No. 39, which will be worked on and completed by Northview and Clay City juniors and seniors during the 2012-13 school year. Bennett spoke with several students, as well as their instructor Dan Dragon.

"This kind of curriculum is a passion of mine," Bennett said. "I used to be employed as a principal of a technical school, and this type of work is great."

Bennett went on to emphasize how important these types of programs are for students.

"Projects like this make students accountable to learn these skills," Bennett said. "These skills are practical and will help them in their future careers. These students are engaged, working hard and solving problems in practical applications. This personifies what we're after in 21st century classrooms."



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