By WILLIAM KINCAID
COLDWATER -- The school board will hold a public auction on Oct. 1 to sell used school and office furniture, as well as many other miscellaneous items.
"This is a good time to do some Christmas shopping," Sherry Shaffer, the school treasurer, said. "Anyone looking for a great bargain should come out to the auction."
Auction items include typical school furnishings such as desks and tables and also some more unusual items. Stands of old lockers will be sold. The lockers often are sought by professional photographers to use as props for photo shoots, Shaffer said. Others want the old lockers for storage purposes.
The district needs to get rid of the old items to make room for new furniture and equipment that is part of the district's expansion and renovation project. More than 2,500 new pieces of furniture and equipment already have been received.
The auction will be held at 10 a.m. on the school grounds. School board members during a Tuesday meeting reported Coldwater's first day of school at the new facility went well. The school includes a state-of-the-art band, choir and art auditeria, a seventh- and eighth-grade addition and a junior high administrative office. Renovations will continue throughout the school year and are expected to be completed by the start of the 2006-2007 school year.
Board member Joe Eichler said there was an orderly transfer of students.
"The buses have plenty of space ... the environment is safe ... and there's lots of parking," Eichler said.
Superintendent Rich Seas said the busing system last year was a liability for the school.
"It was a real safety issue having the buses out in front of the school," Seas said. "Last year after the bus drivers safely got everyone off the bus, there was a collective sigh (of relief)."
Now buses drop students off in a circular drive behind the "pit" gymnasium.
In other business, board members:
´ Approved temporary 2006 fiscal year appropriations, bus routes for this school year, authorization of the superintendent to employ substitute teachers from the Mercer County Educational Service Center, the disposal of records as presented and the junior high Family, Career and Community Leaders of America(FCCLA) budget.
´ Listed to Denny Riethmann speak about the annual FFA trip to the national convention in Louisville, Ky. This year's fees for participants will increase $25 to an estimated $300 (recent gas price changes could alter price).
´ Learned the reconstructed press box at the football stadium has yet to pass a final building inspection.