The Bank Of Old Monroe (BOOM) is partnering to build tomorrow’s future one brick at a time. During the 2019-2020 School District R-III academic year, the R-III board, TBHS students, various corporate sponsors and BOOM partnered with the TBHS Construction Technology class to make their vision of building a home a reality. 

As a result of the large scale public-private partnership initiative between the school, TBHS Construction Technology teachers, students and various local subcontractors, students were able to build a single-family home in a local subdivision to sell at open market value. Proceeds from the sale will enable the school to invest in future Construction Technology Class projects. 

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Students work on construction projects. Photo submitted by Bank of Old Monroe


“The Bank of Old Monroe values educational partnerships in all of our branch communities.  The decision by our board and executive team to offer a construction loan at zero percent interest to the school enabled this project to become a reality. We are thankful to be able to give back to the Lincoln County community who has given so much to the bank,” said Dale McDonald, EVP/CFO. 

Over 80 students met on-site every other day during the school year to take part in building the house. They worked alongside eighteen community partners in trades that include: electrical, plumbing, drywall, sheet metal, heating and cooling, granite, landscaping, flooring construction, real estate and banking. 

“The partnerships developed as a result of this project are instrumental to the future of our community. The building project provides a hands-on outlet to teach students the construction technology trade and ultimately helps students determine if they want to pursue a career in industry,” said Ben Gifford, Construction Tech teacher. 

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Through the partnership, students learned practical skills and construction principals. Photo submitted by Bank of Old Monroe


Gifford and Joey Pietzman spearhead the efforts of the Construction Technology class, which is structured as the final course in the Construction Technology pathway at Troy Buchanan High School. 


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