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February 2, 2014

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Fairfield building trades program in search of an owner

MILLERSBURG — The Fairfield building trades program is seeking help in finding a project homeowner for the 2014-15 school year. If a prospective builder is thinking about building in the Fairfield school district, the program is set up to provide the home buyer with project input and cost savings on the construction of their new home.

According to building trades teacher Jeff McClure, how it generally works is that project costs are run through the tax-exempt status of the building trades program. The program then collects a 7 percent fee at the end of the project to cover the program’s operating costs. Those interested can contact the high school or e-mail McClure at jmcclure@faifield.k12.in.us.

McClure said that the building trades program has a history at Fairfield that goes back more than 30 years. Throughout the years numerous community leaders have served on the building trades advisory board. Current board members include, Matt Kritzman, president; Doug Woodring, vice president; Randy Lehman, treasurer; Amy Bertram, secretary; Merle Bontrager, Greg Kitson, Dean Slabach, Dan Vogelzang and McClure. The board members work to insure that the building trades projects maintain best practices in the areas of project construction, financing and student education.

The class is currently working on a 1,700 square-foot, three bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath ranch home with an attached three-stall garage. This year’s project home is located at 69005 C.R. 37 southwest of Millersburg. The project home owners are Tyler and Karmen (Showalter) Rensburger.

Students from Fairfield participating in the building trades program are: Kara Zentz, Tim Hostetler, Collin Miller, Brady Boon, Daniel Hartzler, Jeremiah Woods and Derek Schrock.

The building trades program at Fairfield also serves students from the West Noble High School. Students from West Noble who are in the program include Miguel Hernadez, Uriel Macias, Tanner Ranly, Mario Collazo, Dillon Alexander, Juan Puente and Ricardo Estrada.

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