As East Allen County Schools students go back to school Monday, they’ll walk into construction zones.
Every building in the system is being worked on and the school district is looking for some help getting it done.
“We just hope when this is all done, that it meets our expectations,” Superintendent Marilyn Hissong told NewsChannel 15 with construction work happening behind her.
One of the biggest school system overhauls has been underway, costing $87.5 million.
“A little of everything and each part of our community has received something as a part of this,” Hissong added.
The upgrades include turf football fields at the high schools, updated technology and H-VAC systems. There’s the also the ever important safe and secure entrances. The most noticeable work though is happening in New Haven, where the high school is getting an expansion and the intermediate school gets rebuilt.
“When you go by, you can see that the brick masons are diligently working, trying to get that building under cover,” Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services Kirby Stahly said.
Those masons need help getting the job done. East Allen’s superintendent posted on facebook a job opportunity. Union contractors are looking for people and are ready to train then.
“There’s just not enough skilled trades. So they asked us ‘hey, is it possible to find individuals, specifically masons,'” Stahly explained.
The work is being done by local contractors and the school system hopes to keep it that way.
“Most of them, almost all of them are local labor, so it’s very critical we try to increase that,” Stahly said.
“Just really want to promote community, and again, appreciate everything everyone is doing for us to help support us,” Hissong added.
The facebook posts reads:
“The construction industry is facing a manpower shortage that is being felt right here in New Haven and throughout Northeast Indiana. The local union contractors are looking for individuals interested in the construction trades, specifically masonry (brick and block laying). On-the-job and classroom training is provided with immediate work available. The Local 4 Bricklayers Union will gladly assist in helping applicants through the union sign-up process and will help put applicants straight to work in the New Haven area.
Employees will start at +$15.00/hour and will get introduced to the apprenticeship program. Completion of the Bricklayer’s Apprenticeship Program includes an Associate’s Degree. As employees progress through the 4-year apprenticeship program their base pay will increase, with full scale being $30.13/hour plus benefits (health insurance, pension, etc.).”
For more information on the available construction jobs, call Glenn Head at 447-7807.