Students in the DeKalb County High School Construction Technology (building trades) program have completed their latest home and its now ready for sale.
The Board of Education Thursday night voted to advertise the sale of the home at cost plus ten percent.
Up until this year, all homes built through this program were constructed on lots which had been purchased by the school board for this purpose. This meant that students in the class and their teacher would have to load up on a bus and travel back and forth between the school and the construction site each school day until the project was completed.
But for the first time, a home has been built on campus at DeKalb County High School and now that its finished, the house is to be sold and the owner will be responsible for the costs and liability of moving it to his or her own lot. Since the home will have to be moved, some finishing work will be required by the owner once its relocated. "Its roughed in on the inside. There's no sheet rock inside. Its roughed in for plumbing. There's no siding on the outside. It does have the windows and doors in it and the roof is covered. It's a shingled roof. Its just a basic house. The reason it's a basic house is because when you go to move that and you've done a lot of interior work you could have some problems inside so its just a basic shell. I would call it a dried in house with the rough ins done," said Brad Leach, Career and Technical Education Director, who addressed the board Thursday night.
Class instructor Melvin Young told WJLE in September that work on the home, a 1,456 square foot structure, began in August. It has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Money from the sale of the home will go back into the building trades program to start another house.
Leach said that a total of $14,964 has been invested in this house. He recommended that a contract be drawn up specifying that the buyer assume the costs and liability of moving the home and establishing a time limit of sixty days for the house to be off the school property.
Leach also announced that the DCHS buildings trades class will be building a new ticket booth at the football field. "It will have access to both sides where you can run (pedestrian) traffic through and get people in a lot quicker. Sometimes the line is back almost to the gym for football games so that will alleviate people having to stand and wait and get them through a lot quicker," he said.
In other business, the board adopted a resolution of appreciation honoring Director of Schools Mark Willoughby.
The resolution states that "Whereas, Mr. Mark Willoughby has held the position of Director since July 1, 2006, and continues to inspire and motivate the administrators, faculty and staff of our school system to continually grow in their positions and to be the very best they can be; and
Whereas, our Director insures the safety and welfare of all our students, and makes decisions based on honesty and integrity; and
Whereas, he is a leader who builds community support for the public school system by attending school functions, getting involved in the inner-workings of our schools and speaking out for the needs of our schools; and
Whereas, he works with our board of education to create a vision of excellence for our school system and strives to make that vision become reality.
Therefore, be it resolved, that the DeKalb County Board of Education hereby establishes November 17, 2011 as Director of Schools Appreciation Day in our school system; and
Be it further resolved that the board encourages students, parents and staff to join us in expressing appreciation to Mr. Willoughby for all he does.
Meanwhile, Director Willoughby presented the board his monthly update on personnel.
Those employed include substitute teachers: Kevin Agee, Sue Close, Courtney Cope, Bethany Davis, Chelsea Grissom, Charlene Hallum, Rebecca Hamilton, Joyce Hendrixson, Leitita Henry, Wilma Hope, Jessica Patrick, Angelia Pedigo, Jessica Rackley, Doreen Reynolds, Brad Trapp, and Mack White.
Resignations: Suzanne Williams, Special Education Assistant DCHS, resigned.