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North Hills to auction excess school supplies

| Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, 9:01 p.m.

Old student desks and other items will be auctioned off this month, as the North Hills School District tries to sell some excess supplies.

District officials plan to sell a variety of furniture and equipment stored at the former Seville Elementary on Enger Avenue through an online auction. The surplus is the result of equipment updates and the closings of three elementary schools since 2006.

The auction will take place online from Jan. 23 to Jan. 26 through Hostetter Auctioneers, a Beaver County auction company. The auction can be accessed at hostetter auctioneers.com.

Lead auctioneer Matt Hostetter said the inventory includes several hundred desks and chairs, as well as items such as a maintenance truck, a maintenance golf cart, shop and gym equipment, and projectors.

Hostetter will distribute items to successful bidders Jan. 28.

David Hall, the school district's director of finance and operations, said officials don't expect to raise a large amount of money from the auction but want to keep the property-liquidation process transparent.

“This is more of a process by which the district can show that it's not just giving away its surpluses,” Hall said. The only possible budget impact would be a trash fee for disposal of items not sold, but officials hope auction sales will cover that cost.

“It's really a responsible way to dispose of equipment we have that, from our perspective, is no longer useful to us,” school board President Ed Wielgus said.

People from new schools, child-care centers and other education-focused organizations can find needed supplies through the auction, and the school district can recoup some of the items' costs, Wielgus said.

Kelsey Shea is a staff writer at Trib Total Media. Reach her at kshea@tribweb.com or at 724-772-6353.

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