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Bid, Buy a House and Support Public Education
UPDATE 6/08/18 at 1:00 p.m.:
The house was auctioned for $57,000. The successful bidder was Michael Schuler from Newfane, NY. He plans to move the home to his family's land in Newfane.
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Cash Realty & Auctions will auction a student built modular home on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. The 1,248 square-foot ranch was built by the high school students enrolled in Erie 1 BOCES building trades program.
The house features two bedrooms plus a den with a five-foot computer desk, Kraftmade Cabinets, Andersen windows and doors, 30-year architectural shingles and a full set of stamped architectural prints. For nearly 20 years, students have built similar homes as part of their hands-on training via public education.
Chris Burgio, a building trades instructor at Erie 1 BOCES Harkness Career & Technical Center for the past 16 years, is eager for the students to see the culmination of their project on auction day. 
“We had a big class; 32 seniors worked on this year’s house,” Burgio said. “This project not only helps the students learn, but it also gives them a sense of pride when their hard work is admired by bidders.”
The structure currently stands in the school parking lot on a temporary foundation. The successful bidder will move the building to a location of their choosing.
“At first it was tough getting the foundation level,” Nathan Maines, a high school senior from Maryvale, said. “I learned a lot.”
All auction proceeds will allow Erie 1 BOCES to purchase building materials needed for future class projects. Ryan Schleef, a senior at Akron High School, is hopeful for a sizeable winning bid to benefit upcoming classes.
“It was amazing to see this house come together,” Ryan said. “This program is a great way to see if you want to do this as a career – either way you’ll be more educated.”
For Lancaster High School senior Matthew Nowak he already knows that he is on the right path. In February, he secured a part time position with Reusch Wood Working and Restoration in Elma.
“I found that I liked the more detail-oriented work,” Matthew said. “Now that I am working for Reusch, I am able to practice my passion. After graduation I plan to work and continue my education – possibly for drafting and design.”
Auction details are available on
As part of public education, Erie 1 BOCES offers a variety of career and technical programs during the normal school day to high school students in Erie County. High school students interested in learning more about how they can participate in various hands-on programs should visit or speak with their high school counselor.
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