IHS house takes shape

By RICHARD LUKEN
Register Reporter

Register/Richard Luken
Above, Iola High School building trades instructor Larry Wittmer, left, assists student Connor Frazell this morning on a drywall project. Work continues at a feverish pace to complete the house by early May. At left, student Trenton Hays meticulously folds a piece of Sheetrock in order for it to be cut. Wittmer said the house, part of Iola’s new Cedarbrook Second Addition, should be complete by early May.

Regardless of Mother Nature’s intentions, work has proceeded largely on schedule at the Iola High School building trades house.
The house, adjacent to what will be known as Scott Circle — part of the new Cedarbrook Second Addition in north Iola — should be complete by early May, said Larry Wittmer, instructor.
Apart from some bad weather that impeded the start of the house’s construction, work has gone largely unimpeded since then, Wittmer said.
And now with the walls and roof in place, the students can continue at full speed.
“There hasn’t been a day yet that we couldn’t do something,” Wittmer said. “And it helps that we’ve got a good group of kids. They’re good workers.”
Much of the interior work this week is being dedicated to erecting Sheetrock panels to the home’s wooden skeleton and ceilings.
Twenty-four students are assisting with the three-bedroom, two-bath home, with an attached two-car garage.
The home’s facilities are built to be handicap-accessible, Wittmer said.
The city donated the lot for the building trades, with four others likely available if the school district chooses to build more homes in the neighborhood.