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Apprenticeships Available For Bricklayers In High Demand In WV

by Jim Workman; The State Journal

    A college education is a viable option for many young people when they graduate from high school.

    But other options are available, too, stressed Brian Greynolds, apprenticeship coordinator for the Bricklayers District Council of West Virginia.

    It took skilled masons to construct those campus buildings, after all.

Skills from the start

    “We started our apprenticeship program a lot different than others do,” said Greynolds. “A lot of people are under the misconception that an apprentice bricklayer is an unskilled worker or a second-rate worker. But they’re not.

     “On day one, they have to be able to lay a brick and a block on a basic level. They have to be able to spread mortar and know some of the terminology. With that basic skill set, the journeyman workers can help them to build upon those skills.”

    A bricklayers apprentice gets eight weeks of training before beginning an apprenticeship. The training center is located in Harrisville, the county seat of Ritchie County.


    Director of Architectural Services, Scott Raines, and Assistant Director of Architectural Services, Dana Womack, represented the SBA and addressed the BOE and the Directors for over 1-½ hours in a two-way conversation with board members on many issues Ritchie County is facing today with their school facilities.

    Following introductions, Vice-President of the BOE, Ed Cokeley, asked, “Do you have a presentation or something for us before we start asking questions?”

    “We’re here at your request,” replied Mr. Raines. “So, I’ll have to ask the board ‘What are your desires from us?’”

    All school districts in the state have until the first Monday in October to present a plan of any improvements, projects or new construction they want for their schools. The Superintendent and BOE President come before an SBA committee on that Monday in October to make their presentation.

    The School Building Authority (SBA) was set up in 1989 by the sate legislature to oversee the planning and construction of all school facilities and projects to, hopefully, see that it is done in a cost-effective way. The School Building Authority is funded annually by the West Virginia Legislature using a portion of the General State Revenue, Lottery Funds, and Excess Lottery Funds. Construction Funds are created from General Revenue and the annual sale of capital improvement bonds.

07.30 to 08.01.15


Town-Wide Yard Sale

“It’s Easier To Be In Charleston Than To Be On This Board”

by Debbie Frederick

(l-r) Dana Womack and Scott Raines from the

School Building Authority speak with the Ritchie County Board of Education.

Tours of Pennsboro B&O Depot

10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at 55 Broadway Ave., Pennsboro


Farmers Market

9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Harrisville Municipal Bldg Parking Lot


Tours of Old Stone House Museum

10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at 310 Myles Ave., Pennsboro


Public Meeting, Pennsboro City Council  - 1% Sales Tax

6:00 p.m. Pennsboro Senior Center


    The Ritchie County Board of Education invited members of the West Virginia School Building Authority (SBA) in Charleston to speak with them at a special workshop Thursday night.


    …There are treasure galore at this year’s Harrisville Town-Wide Yard Sale. There was finally no rain, but temperatures soared into the 90s during the annual event that began Thursday and goes through today.

     Cars, trucks, ATVs, clothing and some things as mundane as a toothbrush holder were being sold to anyone for the right price.

    The sale continues today, so maybe bargain shoppers can get a good deal before they pack up for the day.

Harrisville Town-Wide Yard Sale:

One Person’s Trash…

Yard sales are going on all over Harrisville, but these two were on Main Street.

John Greene learned about a bricklayer apprenticeship program during a recruitment event July 14 in Charleston, WV.JIM WORKMAN / The State Journal.