Concrete forms arrive for PHS spec house foundation

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A worker with Ames-based Caruth Construction Co. unloaded concrete forms Tuesday afternoon at the site of the Perry High School Building Trades Program spec house at 2108 Otley Ave.

A worker with Ames-based Caruth Construction Co. unloaded concrete forms Tuesday afternoon at the site of the Perry High School Building Trades Program spec house at 2108 Otley Ave.

The students builders are led by PHS Industrial Technology Instructor Chad Morman. Work on their first spec house, at 2114 Otley Ave., was disrupted last year by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, but this year’s class is making steady progress.

The Otley Avenue lot is one of seven parcels between 10th and 12th streets that the city intends to give to the PHS program year by year. The council approved giving the school district the first lot in September 2019 and the second lot last month.

The PHS students earn college credits for the class through the DMACC Perry VanKirk Career Academy, which also provides the construction tools for the program.

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