11-14-17 fdl school board approves additional money for career construction academy

The Fond du Lac School Board is committing up to $750,000 for a new career construction academy at Fond du lac High school.  At their meeting Monday night the school board agreed to fund an additional $250,000  to the $500,000 already earmarked so construction can start next spring.    Local businesses asked the board for more money after a fundraising effort fell $300,000 short of its goal.  The total project cost is estimated at $1.1 million.  Superintendent Dr. Jim Sebert  says  the academy will primarily target students who don’t plan on going to college.  “What we have to think about is that kids in this program are going to stay in this community, a very good wage, that is going to allow them to buy a home, hopefully raise a family, have a vehicle, and continue to be a part of our Fond du Lac community in a way that gives back,”  Sebert said.  Sebert says the program  enables educators  to teach students the fundamentals of several construction trades .  He says Fond du Lac companies,  like C.D. Smith for example,  will look at construction academy students as potential future employees.