SLHS Building Trades Class Needs Teacher

The Storm Lake High School building trades class might continue next year… if an instructor can be found.

In March, the school board decided to continue the program, despite it losing money over the past several years and the current instructor retiring. Superintendent Carl Turner Wednesday night told the board he’s so far has been unable to find an instructor… and only five students have registered for the class for next year. The district has an agreement with the city for a lot on East 13th Street, and Turner asked the board if they want to keep that lot.

Board member Dave Skibsted said many people are working in the community because of the program and if they get rid of the lot, it limits their options.

The board last night voted to keep the lot, noting it could be sold later. They also directed Turner to keep looking for an instructor. Turner said the building trades instructor doesn’t need a degree or teaching certificate, only work experience in the construction industry.