By Emily Bialkowski
Experiential learning is the process of learning from direct experience. Brad Harguth’s first semester construction class will get a good dose of it when they replace a roof on the dilapidated garage behind the elementary school.
The class gave a presentation on the project during the Sept. 23 School Board meeting, which also provided the students a taste of interdisciplinary learning, or applying multiple subject areas to one problem. The students had to get cost estimates on supplies, prepare a visual aid for their presentation and practice public speaking skills as part of the early stages of the project.
The estimated year of construction of the building is 1974, according to the class.
The garage has several needs, including a roof, windows, siding and doors. The students provided material options and cost estimates for each.
• Roof – $3,400
• Siding – $1,800 to $2,200
• Windows (up to six) – zero dollars up to $1,000 depending on whether the board decides to cover the existing windows or replace them
• Garage doors (up to four) – zero to $2,900
The class priced out local suppliers and big box suppliers as part of the learning experience. They also brought forth information about needing to check if any permits are necessary and that a dumpster will be needed, though an estimate of that was unavailable at the time of the presentation.
“Doing this project brought up a lot of good discussion,” Harguth said.
The board eventually decided to have the class replace the roof and wait on the other elements. That will give the board time to consider future use and preferred window, siding and door options.
Members of the class include: Ben Loging, Zach Gavin, James Tewes, Korey Tewes, Dan Johnson, Spenser Privet, Nate Costigan, Carter Mann, Jack Miller, Cody Heimmer, Cody Zehnder, Chayce Krueger and Will Ellenz.