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House that PATHS Students Built To Get New Home

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House that PATHS Students Built To Get New Home
Posted on 05/27/2015

After four years of hard work, a house built by students in the carpentry program at the Portland Public Schools’ Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) has been completed and sold. The new owners are having the modular structure moved to its new site in Durham on the morning of Friday, May 29.

“This is exciting news,” said Michael Johnson, director of the school.

The project gave students hands-on, real-life experience building the house, which is a Cape with two dormers and three to four bedrooms, depending on how the new owners make use of the space.

The new owners, an empty-nester couple who recently returned to Maine, paid $38,263 for the cost of the materials used to build the house. But they also had to not only obtain a site on which to place the house, but pay for the substantial costs of moving the house there and having it set up on the site.

PATHS students benefited from the deal, said Frank Kehoe, PATHS carpentry instructor. “The cost to the school district is zero, in essence,” he said. “Without a house project, we would have had to do mock-up work and the materials would be used and thrown away. My hope is now that we have recovered our cost of materials, I can use that to fund future projects.”

The house will be loaded up on May 29 from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. at PATHS, located at 196 Allen Avenue. At 9:45 a.m. that day, PATHS students will travel by bus to the site to observe as a private contractor sets up the modular home.

Kehoe said the project took four years because funding for it trickled in. He used money from his materials budget and some grant money and also received donations of materials from local businesses. Finding a buyer this year that could commit to funding the project enabled its completion, he said.