School Auction Deemed Successful
District’s Involvement with Former Elementary Buildings Drawing to a Close
By Rick Hiduk
The sale of surplus items by the Wyalusing Area School District (WASD) at the former Wyalusing Elementary School last Saturday went well, according to district superintendent Chester Mummau. In the course of five hours and 45 minutes, gym and cafeteria equipment, pianos and other music supplies, cabinets and televisions, and shop tools used in the four former elementary schools brought the district $12,478.50, which will be re-invested into district programs for the benefit of all district students, as per state law.
Mummau noted that items that brought the highest bids included standing freezers, commercial-grade meat slicers and mixers, card catalogue cabinets, a wheelchair lift, and dental hygienist chairs. There weren’t as many buyers for school desks and chairs as the superintendent had hoped, but the majority of the metal items, which were as much as 40 years old, were purchased by a local outfit to be recycled for new uses.
“It was a win-win day,” Mummau declared. “Buyers were able to find bargains, and the district was able to accomplish its mission of emptying out the vacant elementary buildings.” He noted that the WASD maintenance department logged many hours in preparation of the auction, which was conducted by the Burke family of Shamrock Auction Services of Wyoming County.
The WVHS Band Boosters provided concessions during the event, which marked the end of an era. Each of the four elementary school buildings at least has a potential buyer, if it has not been sold. The former Wyalusing Elementary School building will become part of Tuscarora Wayne Insurance Company’s property, the headquarters of which are across Fifth Street on Route 6.
On Nov. 3, the status of the parcel was reviewed by the Wyalusing Planning Commission, which granted approval for rezoning from “public district” to “business district II,” with the intention of using it for storage and office space. According to Wyalusing Borough Council president George Anderson, the measure was slated to be brought to a vote by the full council on Nov. 9 and was likely to pass.