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CIT Cleared to Buy Three Forks Lots

Nazareth Area School Board gives approval to purchase three building lots to be used for student-built housing projects.

The Nazareth School Board on Monday approved a plan for the Career Institute of Technology (CIT) to buy three building lots in Forks Township to be used for student-built housing projects.

Each of the five districts that send students to CIT -- Nazareth, Bangor, Pen Argyl, Wilson and Easton -- must approve the plan.

The $186,000 purchase price will be divided among the five districts, with the amount each district pays based on enrollment, said Chris Audenried, a member of both the Nazareth School Board and the CIT Operating Committee.

The CIT student-built housing program, which provides hands-on experience for technical education students in fields such as carpentry, plumbing and masonry, had been jeopardized by a lack of available building lots, according to a report in The Express-Times.

The building lots CIT officials plan to acquire are at 528 Toboggan Trail, 536 Toboggan Trail and 536 Cypress Trail, in the Evergreen Terrace subdivision.

Also, CIT will serve as host site for a daytime administrative retreat next month, said district Superintendent Dennis Riker.

He called CIT “the best-kept secret in the Lehigh Valley” and assured district taxpayers that the retreat's only cost to district will be for lunch -- which will be prepared by students in CIT's culinary program.

Riker, who took over as superintendent in July after Victor Lesky retired, said he organized the retreat to “go through [his] goals and objectives as superintendent” with his staff.

Rasterone September 26, 2012 at 01:22 PM
It is a true pity that CIT is not smart enough to buy some distressed housing for a paper song in some neighborhood in need of an uplift like Eastons West Ward and that there be a significant win win to get students trained for lots of available work and to get an added bost to a neighborhood in need. I would hope EASB leadership insists this one be revisited before EASB forks over money!
Rob Leiser September 27, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I was involved with a similar program in the 1970’s These are not designed as community fix up projects. This is a built from the Ground up learning experiences for Vocational Students. In the end the Houses are sold with profits returning as operating funds for the Schools.

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