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The Woodshop Class is Coming Back to the Gloucester City School District

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William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews

 

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (March 9, 2023)(CNBNews)--The Gloucester City Board of Education will accept sealed bids for the interior and exterior alterations of an Industrial Arts (wood shop) at the City High School, 1300 Market Street, on Friday, March 17, in the Board offices. This is not a school development authority (SDA) project. For decades the local public school district always had a wood shop, but for whatever reason, that class was done away with in 2005. Vince Kuczynski, the Industrial Education Department Head, taught the course for 34 years. Before him, it was Mr. Parsons. 

 

According to the Legal Notice advertised in two area newspapers, approximately 100% of this project is anticipated to be funded by grants received under (ARP/ American Rescue Plan SRP/ESSER Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) in the anticipated amount of $1,579,404.

 

The enterprise consists of but is not limited to, altering two existing rooms into an industrial arts woodshop of approximately 2,000 square feet. The work shall include, but not be limited to, demolition, site work, concrete work, chain link fencing and gates, overhead door, finishes, dust collection system, woodshop equipment, HVAC, and electrical.

 

Federal funds require Prime Contractors to utilize small, minority, and women-owned businesses as their subcontractors whenever possible. Prime Bidders must be pre-qualified by the New Jersey Department of the Treasury and the Department of Property and Management Construction before receiving bids.

 

Construction shall begin on or about April 3, 2023, and be substantially completed on or before August 18, 2023.

 

Gloucester City School Superintendent/High School Principal Sean Gorman was asked if he knew why the class was disbanded. In a prepared statement, Gorman said, 

 

"I am not sure why the decision was made to remove Industrial Education from Gloucester High School (GHS)  then.  My experience was that many community members grieved the loss of this program and yearned for its return very soon after it was gone.  This desire has steadily grown over the past 18 years.  We are grateful that the return of Industrial Arts education will provide a significantly improved and more meaningful educational experience to many students who enjoy "working with their hands" and/or aspire to enter the trades as a career field soon after high school graduation.  

 

    "  A year 1 Industrial Arts & Construction course returned to GHS this current school year.  101 students are advancing towards their 4th and final marking period of Industrial Arts study for the 2022-2023 school year.  We hired a certified teacher, Mr. Gerald Roch, for this program last spring.  Gerald is a 2006 Gloucester High School graduate who previously worked for the Cumberland County Technical Education Center and Union Carpenters Local 255.  We are thrilled to have him back at GHS.  The year one course focuses heavily on safety and home improvement projects; it is being instructed in a temporary space created for this school year.  The new "shop class" will be the location where the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years of this program are instructed.  Our vision is for 4th-year students to complete an abbreviated day at GHS as they will participate in field experiences by that phase of their study.

 

      "The new classroom being constructed will be located within the same area of our high school as the original shop classes were housed.  One fulfilling and poetic development has been that Mr. Kuczynski,18 years after writing the submission below, served on our Industrial Arts committee throughout the past two years and has played an integral role in the return of these courses to our school community. "

 

Screenshot 2023-03-09 at 11.12.36Gloucester City School Superintendent Sean Gorman supplied the source news clipping and the photos of former GHS students learning skills in the Industrial Arts class from years ago.

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Bringing back the Industrial Arts at Gloucester High School couldn't come at a better time. In the not-too-distant future, the need for tradespeople will be overwhelming. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 8 million skilled-labor jobs were lost from the labor force during the pandemic. About half have been filled, but about 4 million vacancies remained in industries responsible for most transportation, construction, and mechanical needs nationwide. National Association of Workforce Boards President Ron Painter said the so-called "Great Resignation" was fueled by many tradesmen taking early retirement, wanting to work from home, or finding less labor-intensive jobs. 

(source FoxBusiness)

 

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Bringing back the Industrial Arts at Gloucester High School couldn't come at a better time. Shortly, the need for tradespeople will be overwhelming. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 8 million skilled-labor jobs were lost from the labor force during the pandemic. About half have been filled, but about 4 million vacancies remained in industries responsible for most transportation, construction, and mechanical needs nationwide. National Association of Workforce Boards President Ron Painter said the so-called "Great Resignation" was fueled by many tradesmen taking early retirement, wanting to work from home, or finding less labor-intensive jobs.  

 

 

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