Tuesday, March 4, 2003

Students build school offices

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer contributor

SPRINGBORO - Jenny Carmack no longer is afraid to use power tools. And Shane Brown has a new respect for drywall installers.

Danny Britt and Will Allen cut trim for offices at the new administration building for Springboro Schools.
(Michael Snyder photo)
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The two Warren County Career Center teens have spent most of their junior year working on an 11,000-square-foot building that will soon become home to administrators at Springboro Community Schools.

"Some of it's been pretty hard," said Brown, 18, of Deerfield Township. "When we first came in there was like nothing. Now, it's almost done. It makes me feel good."

About 115 juniors and seniors have taken turns working on the project since they began framing the structure on Dec. 3, 2001, said teacher Steve Williamson, who has overseen the carpentry program the past five years.

"This is by far the biggest project built by students," Williamson said. "One good thing I've noticed is they (students) take ownership. No one's goofing off."

Students from the carpentry program and the electrical program, headed by Rick Centers, spend two to three hours at the site each day. By the time the students finish their two-year program, they will have been exposed to 20 different trade areas, he said.

All but pouring the foundation, plumbing, heating and brickwork is being completed by students, Williamson said.

"It's amazing to think we did this, said junior Brandon Hattley, 16, from Franklin. "I didn't think we could do something like this."

When finished, the building will have a value of $1.2 million but Springboro will have paid only about $764,000, Williamson said. Altogether the students will have used 175 gallons of paint for the walls, laid 3,240 feet of baseboard and put up 975 sheets of drywall.

The building has 59 windows, 44 interior doors and 1,000 square feet of hardwood floors, Williamson estimated.

The dedication is set for 6 p.m. March 25.

Jenny, of South Lebanon, decided to enter the program because "it was different from what other girls do."

"My parents were surprised. I use (my skills) every day. I've fixed a couple things around the house that I could never have done before this."

Lenual "Lenny" Jones said he always liked electrical work but grew to love it.

"I knew a little and have learned a lot," said Lenual of Clearcreek Township. "This has been a real good program. They trust us to build their building."

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