The property in a lovely, tree filled neighborhood had become
rundown and was bought out of foreclosure by the school just over a
year ago. Its completion represents another contribution to our
community in the form of quality home, in this case renovated,
through the work of young people.
The all brick ranch style home is set in the Mayfair Subdivision on
Lincoln's northeast side. The home features an open floor plan and
all new or refurbished floor to ceiling surfaces throughout.
During the school year program, students learned many skills. Each
step of the way they learned new skills, such as how to operate a
floor sander and restore wood floors.
The home features plenty of new built-in lighting - requiring
electrical skills; new interior trim and baseboards and interior
doors - carpentry skills.
The kitchen features new appliances and cabinets - more cabinetry
Upstairs features three bedrooms, a living room with fireplace sided
by two built in bookcase/displays areas, dining area and two
full-bathrooms; all completely remodeled - add plumbing skills.
There's lots of storage space plus a livable basement space in the
1,350 square foot home. For the most part, no surface was untouched
by some form of treatment - so lots of hard work and lots of
learning took place.
The basement features some redesign with all new materials. Its
clean architectural lines and light colors lend an open feeling.
The space includes an optional extra bedroom, living and storage
space. It has freshly painted walls, trim and new carpeting
Outside, where the project began last fall; students put on an all
new roof and soffits with inset lighting. And lastly, this spring;
the grounds were cleaned up and a spacious wood deck added off the
back of the house. The deck is accessible from the dining area
through a new double sliding door or from the outside by custom
built wood stairs.
A new double wide concrete driveway gives access the attached double
An early estimate offered by a professional on the value of the home
estimated it to be in the range of $140,000. The house will be sold
by bid with the minimum bid price set at the amount invested for its
renovation, $120,000. Bids are to be opened on June 12.
For LCHS Superintendent Robert Bagby it was his first project as the
new LTEC director. He is proud of the transformation that the
students performed, especially in light of how the work began. He
said that before the project could begin, just after its purchase
there were four loads of trash and debris hauled out last July.
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Students were exposed to many skills of different professions in
the scope of completing the project. From roofing to electrical
to plumbing to carpentry and more; they got it all.
Students from Lincoln, Williamsville, Hartsburg-Emden, Mount
Pulaski, Illini-Central and Greenview high schools participated in
this year's Building Trades Program through the LTEC. Bagby
appreciates what the LTEC can offer to students by consolidation of
school programs, and he is pleased to that students from Athens and
PORTA/Ashland-Chandlerville Central would also be joining the LTEC.
In addition to the building trades program, students can also choose
from auto mechanics, welding, electronics, certified nurses
assistant, work-study and the newest - culinary arts and cosmetology
programs. The programs are designed to enrich general studies and
prepare students for success beyond high school, as well as
providing work experience and training.
Mr. Bagby expressed great appreciation for the Building Trades
instructor, Mr. Justin Dietrich, and pride in the work the students
accomplished in so short of time.
Dietrich is also head wrestling coach for LCHS.
The following students completed this year's
For a tour or more information on the home, you may contact Lincoln
Community High School, District #404 at (217)732-4131 ext. 245.
Bids will be opened on June 12, 2014.
By JAN YOUNGQUIST]