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Clark County building trades class to help upgrade facilities

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Rossmiller is in the building trades class. Rossmiller is in the building trades class.
Students get hands on training. Students get hands on training.
Students have been working on a duplex. Students have been working on a duplex.
The current preschool will be renovated. The current preschool will be renovated.
Mack said the renovation project will be the first of its kind in his class. Mack said the renovation project will be the first of its kind in his class.
KAHOKA, Mo. (WGEM) -

After Clark County voters approved a school bond issue, we're starting to see visual signs of the work.

With the construction of the district's new Indian Pride Learning Center, the current wood shop behind the middle school will be getting torn down.

However, the high school buildings trade class will be helping to replace that with a big upgrade.

Kristian Rossmiller is a junior at Clark County High School. He spends part of his days off-campus working on a duplex for his building trades class.

"You can carry all the skills you learn here for the rest of your life." Rossmiller said. "I've learned a lot in this class, I've done carpentry with my Uncle before I came to this class."

As part of a bond issue that was passed last year, the class is planning on doing a renovation of the current preschool building, to serve as a workshop for multiple programs including their own. 

Instructor Curtis Mack said the project will be the first of its kind in his 4 and a half years of teaching building trades.

"I've never really had a classroom, so they're going to help build their own classroom, and their own lab, between our classroom and the Ag department's classroom." Mack said.

Superintendent Ritchie Kracht added that the class allows students who may not be planning on pursuing a four year degree, to walk away with valuable skills.
 
"For those kids that want to go work for a contractor, they have the experience." Kracht said. "They've done the job, because actually it's the same as a contractor building a house. It's the job and they do it from the ground up."

Students like Rossmiller said they appreciate the hands on work, and plan on using it for their future careers.

"I'll be taking it next year hopefully, so I'll have it for two years." Rossmiller said. "It's kind of nice to get out of school for four hours, and go build a house."

Kracht also said the goal is to have the Indian Pride Learning Center completed by next May.

The renovation project of the current preschool would then begin the following school year.

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