Swanton Schools holding auction for uneeded items


By Drew Stambaugh - dstambaugh@civitasmedia.com



As Swanton Local Schools prepare to close and demolish much of the Cherry Street property, an auction has been set up for items from the buildings that are no longer needed.

Kigar Realty & Auction will be handling the online auction, which began this week. There are photos and those interested can bid at www.kigarrealty.com.

There is a wide array of items up for auction including lathes, saws, a belt sander, doors, cabinets, drafting tables, chairs, lockers, bookshelves, WWII water cans, ration biscuits, clocks, and a stair banister.

Items will be available for inspection on April 1 and April 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Concurrently, on April 8 we will have an open house for those who wish to come and say good-bye to the Cherry Street building,” said Swanton Superintendent Jeff Schlade. “This will be an opportunity for those who wish to take photos of old classrooms, the exterior, or to simply use the time to walk the hallowed halls of one’s former school house, remembering days gone by.”

Some architectural elements and historical artifacts will be retained by the district.

The exterior entryways from the 1904 section on the south (main entry/exit), the east entry archway, and north entry archway of the building will be salvaged and moved to what will be the new east side exterior wall and entry/exit to the Robert L. Fisher Gymnasium.

“We also hope to bring forward historical artifacts of significant interest for display, either in the Fisher Gymnasium or in one or more of the remaining buildings in the district as a way to honor and bring forward part(s) of our past and history,” Schlade said. “This includes but is not limited to signage, such as the exterior Township School sign, which has been in storage. We plan to display these in such a fashion that will show appreciation and respect for where we have come from without continuing to burden district taxpayers with the maintenance and upkeep of a facility which is no longer in use.”

Also, once school ends for the summer, asbestos and an underground tank will be removed from the property. Asbestos was previously abated from the 1904 building, according to Schlade, but some remains in the other sections of the building.

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By Drew Stambaugh

dstambaugh@civitasmedia.com