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Students build house for town

Residents in Halfmoon will soon enjoy a new modular home for use by the Halfmoon Historical Society, thanks to an agreement with the Shenendehowa Central Schools, where students in a technology class constructed the home.

We thought it was a nice venture between Shenendehowa and the town, said Supervisor Mindy Wormuth, Monday, July 28, at a special Town Board meeting to award a bid to place a foundation for the house.

For more than 16 years, technology students at Shenendehowa Central Schools have constructed a modular home and awarded it to the highest bidder, but this year the home was provided to the Town of Halfmoon at a reduced price, per an agreement with the town.

"It's something we look forward to every year," said Ken McDermith, academic administrator for technical education at Shenendehowa, who oversees the district's technology and home education departments.

Halfmoon paid for the cost of the materials to build the home and three percent of the cost of consumable materials needed for the project.

Consumable materials included items like saw blades, whose value decreased as a result of use on the project, McDermith said.

Wormuth said the town plans to spend about $75,000 on the project including laying a foundation and completing other work on the building once it is delivered.

She said she envisions the building being used for open houses and classes held by the Historical Society.

"In the future we'd like to invite the schools to take a tour of the building and see the artifacts," Wormuth said.

The home, built by 16 students in the school's Construction Systems course at the high school, is a doublewide modular home that splits in half down the middle.

McDermith said the home was built with the knowledge that it has to be transported to the site.

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