Jefferson College sells another ATS-built house | Local News

The latest house built by students in Jefferson College’s Area Technical School advanced residential carpentry program has been sold.

The Jefferson College Board of Trustees voted 4-0 July 21 to approve the sale of the house at 620 Ray Henry Way in Hillsboro for $295,000.

Samuel R. and Bailey M. Hart bought the 1,450-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom ranch-style house listed by Exit Elite Realty of Arnold, which received a 5.5 percent sales commission, or $16,225.

College officials said the carpentry program started in the 1970s and has continued ever since, providing high school students the chance to learn home-building skills, like framing the house, installing the roof and doors and many other tasks. Subcontractors handle the foundation, plumbing and electricity.

“It’s a great program that we offer to the high school students in our ATS program,” Jefferson College President Dena McCaffrey said. “Not only does it allow them to get hands-on experience, but it actually shortens their training when they join the carpentry union. It takes six months off their training to get their journeyman card in three and a half years instead of four years.”

The latest house the students built was listed for $289,900, but quickly sold for above that price, Gehbauer said.

Roger Barrentine, the college’s director of public information and marketing, said any money above construction costs goes back into the program.

“We use the money from the sale for seed money for the construction of the home next year,” he said.

Daryl Gehbauer, the Jefferson College’s vice president of finance and administration, said college officials do not look at the house-construction projects as a source of income.

“It’s usually about every two years (that the program builds and sells a house),” he said. “We’re pretty much breaking even on these. The idea really isn’t to make money or lose money. It’s instructional.

“I think it’s a great hands-on experience for the kids.”

All the ATS houses are built “green,” with energy-efficient features, Barrentine said.

“It has geothermal heating and cooling,” he said.

The house at 620 Ray Henry Way is similar to others constructed through the college’s program in the same subdivision, Barrentine said.

“All of the houses in the subdivision are based on the style of architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright,” Barrentine said.

Also at the July 21 meeting, the board voted 4-0 to pay $45,000 to buy property at 9406 Hillsboro House Springs Road in Hillsboro for a future ATS residential carpentry class building site. Exit Elite Realty of Arnold was the broker for the sale and received a $1,215 lump fee for its services.

Board member Ron Scaggs was absent from the meeting, and board member Gary Davis left the meeting before the votes.

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