The first publicly funded high school in the country to concentrate on the construction trades is slated to open in September in St. Louis, Mo. The new charter school, called the Construction Careers Center, is the result of months of hard work by area educators and the local chapter of the Associated General Contractors (AGC), which conceived the plan. Although the school will receive public funding, it will be run as a nonprofit educational corporation, like other charter schools. Classes at the four-year high school will focus as much as possible on a construction curriculum. “In geometry class, they’ll be talking about square yards of carpet. In chemistry, they’ll