Contractor will finish the house during second semester, when he is student-teaching in ag education in Fertile-Beltrami

    Wanting to clear up any confusing in the community or, especially, among parents or students involved in the Construction Trades program, Crookston High School Industrial Technology teacher Travis Oliver on Monday said that the CT program during the upcoming school year will encompass only the first semester, but that the students will still get experience building a house.

    Oliver, who’s study Agricultural Education at the University of Minnesota Crookston, needs a student teaching experience in order to graduate, and he’ll be student-teaching in ag education at Fertile-Beltrami High School during the second semester of the school year.

    The CT students will be building a house on Hoven Lane, one of the three lots carved out of some of Hoven Lane Park for in-fill housing that CHEDA and the Northwest Minnesota Housing Cooperative have purchased. The students will construct as much of the house as they can during the first semester, and a contractor will be hired to finish it.

    That’s sort of been the case with the CT class over the past couple years, Oliver explained, as some more complex homes with larger floor plans have been taken on by the class and they haven’t been able to finish the home entirely, leaving the remainder to a contractor.

    On the plus side, Oliver noted, the concrete slab for the home as already been poured, meaning the CT students will be able to get started on constructing the home right away, instead of waiting several weeks into the fall for the concrete to be poured and sufficiently cure.

    “That’s a big plus this year,” he said.

    The CT class will cover two class periods this year, as is typically the case.

    Oliver said he just wanted to make sure everyone knows that the kids will still be building a house. “I heard some concern over students not wanting to build a shed or something,” he said.

Public event at 2017-18 house

    Dale and Jan Kopecky, who purchased the 2017-18 CT house at 1300 Eickhof Boulevard for $238,000, will assist in hosting an open house and cookout Wednesday, Aug. 29 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at their house.

    Oliver and CHEDA Director Craig Hoiseth said the public is welcome to come and check out the students’ work.