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Carpentry Class Transforms Bus Barn

Posted 2/15/2018

By Jared JanzenTHE open house showing off the residential carpentry class’s work at the bus barn was well attended. The class’s work on the space included removing an old wall, putting up sheet rock, some plumbing and adding new carpet and trim.THE open house showing off the residential carpentry class’s work at the bus barn was well attended. The class’s work on the space included removing an old wall, putting up sheet rock, some plumbing and adding new carpet and trim.

HALSTEAD—Thanks to a group of high school students, bus drivers for the Halstead-Bentley School District have a newly renovated space at the bus barn to use in between their routes.

Students in the Chris Wilson’s residential carpentry class have been working on renovating this area of the bus barn since this time a year ago.

About 10 or 11 students have been in the class each semester. Wilson said a lot of the students who worked on space last spring were seniors who graduated, and then a new group enrolled in the fall.

The scope of the project included a little bit of everything except electrical work.

Students removed a low wall near the front entrance left over from the building’s days as a skating rink and put in sheet rock to extend a wall 10 feet past where the old one ended. A second bathroom was added to give men and women separate facilities. They also created a separate room for the water heater and made a nice kitchen area with a sink, fridge and microwave.

The space will give bus drivers a clean, comfortable place to hold their meetings as well as providing a space for them to use before or after their routes.

“The only thing I regret is not taking a before picture,” Wilson said. “I don’t have something to compare it to, but it’s 100 times better.”

An open house at the bus barn was held Monday night to show off the new area. Those in attendance included some of the students and their families, bus drivers, district administrators, school board members, maintenance staff and others involved in the project.

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