BLOOMINGDALE - Construction of a new house on school property was discussed during Tuesday's Jefferson County Joint Vocational Board meeting.
Todd Phillipson, project coordinator, briefed board members on a house currently wrapping up construction on the school grounds at Breezewood Manor, according to Dale Edwards, JVS superintendent.
"The school has finished building another house, and it will be auctioned off on Oct. 27," said Edwards, adding more work is to be done on the basement and ceiling tile. "Currently they are doing the finishing touches. It will be open for an open house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 14."
Edwards said for the past several years students from the JVS have built houses on 90 acres of land owned by the vocational school. The construction is part of the curriculum for students studying various trades at the school, he said.
"We sell a house every 18 months or so," said Edwards, adding the residence has been certified as an Energy Star energy-efficient structure. "It's a very nice house, and it's the first house built (by JVS students) with these specifications. It's really a great project. We've already begun construction on the basement for the next house."
In other business:
Edwards discussed the upcoming JVS 1-mill levy proposal for new equipment and school improvements to be considered by Jefferson County voters in the November general election.
"We're received a lot of support from other (agencies and organizations) supporting our levy proposal," said Edwards. "We're hoping to be successful (with the levy proposal) this time."
Funds generated from the levy would go toward purchase of new classroom equipment as well as a new roof for the building, he added.
During the meeting the board also approved hiring Chad Wade as a part-time building custodian; approved Kim Berardi, Michele Berducci and Cody LaRue as additions to the substitute teachers' list; approved instructors Ron Snyder and Barb Pioniazck as education mentors; approved a three-year service contract with Iron City Uniform Rental Co.; approved participation in distance learning broadcast programs with Adventures in Medicine and Science for $3,000 and PBS-TV for $1,500 for the coming school year; approved the acceptance of a $88 check from the JB Green Team for recycling efforts at the school; and approved support for several levies for voters' consideration in November, including the Edison Local School District operating levy, Indian Creek Local School District bond issue and Buckeye Local School District's permanent improvement levy.