Perry High School students learn to flip homes in hands-on class

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PERRY, Ohio (WJW)– Hitting the nail on the head, could get you an A in this unique classroom.

A group students at Perry High School in Lake County are being home-schooled, but not in the way you think.


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“It’s kind of something I thought I’d never be able to do, so I considered taking it. Why not learn a few things?” said senior Ethan Tuttle.

The district purchased a vacant house on Utah Court, which is not being renovated by students enrolled in a new course called the “Pirate Project.”

The shop class students use grant-funded materials and collaborate with local contractors to bring new life to the structure and prepare it to be put on the market.

“We spend maybe a week in the classroom and then after that, they’re here everyday, doing everything from design,” said instructor Ryan Zusy.


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“Anything that has student opportunities written on it, we’re kind of chasing it, at all times,” said Betty-Jo Malchesky, Perry Local Schools assistant superintendent.

The students put up new walls, and install electricity, windows and heating. They learn from each other and from building trade professionals.

Chris Sbrocco is a master plumber and owner of Pro Service Plumbing.

“To actually come here in a classroom setting, and work with the students? It was just, it fed itself,” Sbrocco said.

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“How to put up dry wall, you know, all the good stuff to make a house. And all the essential things you’ll need to know later in life,” said Tuttle, who is understanding what it takes to be a professional tradesman.

Sales proceeds of the newly-renovated property would help reimburse the district for the initial purchase of $89,500. Any additional funds will be used for the next “Pirate Project.”

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