BLOOMINGDALE - The auctioning off of a house built by students at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School was discussed during the school board's regular meeting Tuesday.
The house located at 95 Breezewood Manor, will go up for auction on Oct. 27. It was the sixth house built by JVS students in the subdivision near the school, according to Dale Edwards, school superintendent.
"The auction will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 27 at the residence," said Edwards, adding the residence's construction began in the fall of 2010. "What makes this house different is it received an Energy Star certification."
The residence was built to standards to be more energy efficient than an average home, and it took one and a half years to build, Edwards had said. There will be no starting bid for the residence during the auction, he added.
"Cain Realty will be conducting the auction," Edwards said. "(Our intention) is to not make a large profit but to raise enough for materials to begin construction on the next house."
In other matters, the superintendent said the next regular board meeting has been moved to 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 8 to consider the auction and other business. The board must approve any auctioning off of the residence, he added.
"The JVS board has to approve the bid," continued Edwards. "If (the bid) comes in too low the board can reject the bid."
Construction on the seventh residence by students in the subdivision begins this week with the digging of a foundation, according to Edwards.
In other board business, JVS board members Larry George and Bill Hendricks were presented with awards from the Ohio School Board Association for their many years of serving as school district board members, Edwards said.
"The veteran school board member award will be presented to them during the organization's capital conference next month in Columbus," Edwards said. "To be eligible, a person must have served at least 25 years as a school board member."
George also sits on the board of the Jefferson Educational Service Center, while Hendricks also serves on the Steubenville City School District board, Edwards added.
"Treasurer Karen Spoonemoore also presented a five-year forecast (for the school)," Edwards continued, adding "it wasn't a good forecast" due to cutbacks from state government and rising costs. The superintendent said the board agreed passage of the school's 1-mill levy on the Nov. 6 ballot is necessary if the JVS was to continue the programs it currently offers.
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