LEBANON — Lebanon High School's first district-sponsored home construction project in 17 years has hit a few bumps, but teacher Eric Frazier is confident the work will finish on schedule.
Students in Frazier's construction classes are spending a total of four class periods per weekday working on the single-story, 1,522-square-foot home at 901 W. Vine St.
They just finished the underfloor framing and are getting the building ready for plumbing and heating/ventilation systems. Next comes framing and trusses.
"It's going real well," Frazier said. "We've had some hurdles that we had to get over."
For instance, he said, the property had a house on it previously that used a septic tank. That's been long removed, but the high school class now needs to hook the new building to the city's sewer system, which hadn't been in the initial plans or budget.
"Just little issues," Frazier said. "It's going to run tight, but we're going to be able to get it done."
He expects the three-bedroom, two-bathroom, home and garage to be done by the end of the school year. It should be sold sometime during the summer, and the proceeds will go toward buying a new piece of property to build another house.
"We have three or four (lots) picked out for the next one," he said. "We're just seeing what's going to work best."
Lebanon High School construction students last built a home for sale to the general public in the 1999-2000 school year. After that, the district changed its vocational program and classes worked instead to help build homes for Habitat for Humanity.
In 2016, the Lebanon School Board voted to restart the sale program. To fund it, the district gave the class $160,000. Half of that came from from proceeds from the sale of a 4-acre parcel of land that used to house Crowfoot School and the other half from that year's general fund.