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The Taylorville Schools Curriculum Committee met Thursday night to discuss the Building Trades Program. Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau started off by saying that their top priority is to provide the best education they can:

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Dr. Fuerstenau once again reiterated that the program will remain intact this year with the exception of building a house. They are only cutting the house for now while they further evaluate the program.


Member Jim Andruch says it all comes down to the funding that is available:

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Andruch added some possibilities for future house projects:

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Member Katie Fraley pointed out that the $200,000 they have been putting into houses could go towards more pressing needs at the moment such as updating textbooks. Fraley brought in an English textbook that is currently being used by 4th graders that has a copyright of 1989 and is falling apart. She also recommended they send the petition to legislators urging them to address school funding especially in rural areas.


Member David Cowell says they need to look into how to get the most out of the program:

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Several audience members, including contractor Alan Collebrusco and two former Building Trades Program teachers, pointed out that remodeling a house is actually tougher to do than building one. They said you need to understand the building aspect in order to remodel a house.


Member David Driskell suggested that the first course serve a pre-req to the building portion:

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The Committee agreed that in the future they would look into building a smaller house that would cost much less than the $200,000 they have been spending over the last several years. They also agreed to reinstate an advisory committee that would include school board members, contractors, plumbers, electricians, etc. to help plan future builds.

 The meeting adjourned at 7:15pm.

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