Items from Warren, Little Hocking elementaries for sale

Playground equipment at the former Warren Elementary School is up for auction, along with kitchen equipment, desks and chairs. Items from the former Little Hocking Elementary are also up for auction through Kaufman Auctions. (Photo by Michele Newbanks)

Desks, chairs and cabinets are among the hundreds of items being auctioned off from the former Warren and Little Hocking elementaries.

Warren Local School Superintendent Kyle Newton said he wasn’t sure how much they were going to raise through the auction, but the proceeds will be used for the ongoing building project.

He said all of the necessities for the new Warren Elementary have been purchased and installed in the school, but there are still things that are needed.

“It will go for things like that,” he said.

At Little Hocking Elementary, everything from mop buckets to file cabinets, rolling carts, tables, bathroom stall partitions and bookcases are up for bid, along with a flag pole and school sign. Equipment from the kitchen including a combination stove and fryer, walk-in freezer and stainless steel counters can be purchased.

Warren Elementary playground equipment and concrete benches are being auctioned off, but so are trash cans, computer desks, and soap dispensers.

Brian Miller, auctioneer and real estate agent with Kaufman Auctions, said there’s some activity on the items, but the “vast majority of the bidding happens at the end.”

He said to bid on an item, go to www.kaufman-auctions.com and create an account. After putting in a credit card number, register for the specific auction.

“Agree to the terms and then bid away,” he said.

All purchases under $2,000 are charged to the credit card at the end of the sale.

“Everything over $2,000 requires a wire transfer after the sale,” Miller added.

For these auctions, there is no date set for bidders to preview the items.

“If people have questions, they can call or email me and I’ll do the best I can to answer the questions,” Miller explained, adding his contact information is 740-801-0447 or brian@kaufmanrealty.com.

Items from the Little Hocking auction can be picked up from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 23 and from Warren Elementary from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 25.

Miller said winning bidders will have to load the items on their own, but there will be someone available to help them find the items in the schools.

Newton said the properties were bought by Belpre and Warren townships and he sat down with them to find if there was anything they wanted from the schools, from the sidewalks to the building itself. Local nonprofits such as the Boys and Girls Club, Building Bridges 2 Careers and churches were also invited to take what they needed.

“If someone contacted us and they were a nonprofit and dealt with kids in any way, they could get what they wanted,” he said.

The baseball and softball fields are staying at both locations, but Warren Township didn’t want the playground equipment, so it is all for sale, Newton said.

He noted the sale items can be used in various ways. For instance, one of the desks could be used in a college student’s room.

“They are going to get things for very low dollar because it’s an auction,” he explained.

Whatever isn’t sold will go to the company handling the demolition of the two schools.

“The demo company will take the items into consideration with the cost,” he said. “There is a network of second-hand supply companies. It’s not going to waste and it will lessen the amount of demolition.”

The contract for demolition will go out for bid in the next couple of weeks and they hope the demo happens before Christmas, Newton said.


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