WADSWORTH — A house built by students in Wadsworth High School’s carpentry program will be auctioned Monday, July 29, with proceeds going toward the group’s next construction project.
Students from Barberton, Copley and Norton also worked on the house under the umbrella of the Four Cities Compact, one of 91 career tech planning districts across the state.
The new home is at 153 Pine St. on the lot formerly occupied by Franklin Elementary School. Wadsworth students and Four Cities have built other homes in past years and recently formed a partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Funding for the building program comes from the sale of the previous year’s home as well as state aid.
This year’s work was used as a senior project for Wadsworth carpentry teacher Chris Kallai’s class.
“I couldn’t even tell you how many of those houses Mr. Kallai has built with students over the course of his tenure,” Wadsworth Superintendent Andy Hill said. “This is the first one we’ve done as an auction since I’ve been here. With other houses, we just entered into a contract with a private individual who wanted to buy it. The last two years was when we partnered with Habitat for Humanity.”
Some projects in recent years have taken Four Cities students outside Medina County.
“We got into doing stuff where we got a contract and did all of the stuff to build the house and then someone took ownership when it was done,” Hill said. “We did a house like that in the Akron area about five years ago because we couldn’t find anything within the four cities.”
Both homes built in partnership with Habitat for Humanity are in Wadsworth. Masonry students were put in charge of building a deck on the back of the Pine Street home.
Open house tours of the Pine Street home will be 6-7:30 p.m. on two Wednesdays — July 17 and July 24. The three-bedroom, 1,692-square-foot structure also includes a two-car garage, first-floor laundry and basement.
“There’s around four houses right by this new one that the carpentry program also built,” Four Cities president Roger Wright said. “Having it right where the old Franklin School was made it really convenient with the schools already owning the land. It’s a nice area with the playground and park still there and someone will really enjoy living there.”
At the July 29 auction, bidders will be required to put down $8,000 as well as a minimum bid that matches the total cost of the project.
Wright said that figure is still being finalized.