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ESM Carpentry Program plans open house

East Syracuse Minoa Central High School carpentry students will have an open house from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday June 16, to show off the home they have built from the ground up this school year.

The 2,700-square-foot ranch house with an in-law apartment is located at 547 Baird Road in Minoa, right near the entrance to Minoa Farms. The home that students have built has two kitchens, three baths, two fireplaces, four bedrooms, and a three-car garage. The house is approximately 2,700 square feet.

In addition, applications are currently being accepted for a 2011-12 carpentry project. Proposed projects must be located within the ESM school district boundaries. Applicants must be financially eligible and have a manageable new home to build or major renovation suiting the needs of the curriculum.

In partnership with Doow Lumber, there is also a suitable lot available for purchase at 5772 Innsbruck Road in Clark Hill. The lot is only available to those interested in occupying the home and having the ESM carpentry program build it. The partnership offer also includes construction financing and home design.

Those who are interested in applying to have a project done should visit ESM online esmschools.org/webpages/schwendy or contact Dr. Thomas Neveldine, at 434-3006.

ESM carpentry students have been building new homes for residents of the school district for more than 20 years. The program has saved homeowners thousands of dollars on labor costs, while improving our community and educating ESM students.

The students are under the guidance of carpentry teachers Lisl Schwendy and Philip Kugler. As one of just 11 schools in New York state designated as a comprehensive high school, ESM offers an array of Career and Technical Education Programs that include a student-run credit union, cosmetology, culinary arts, early childhood education, automotive technology, construction technology and design technology.

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