For The Courier

FOSTORIA — Fostoria City Schools is now hosting the first of two public auctions to sell some of the items taken from Riley and Longfellow elementary schools.

“We want to be sure that any local individuals and alumni are aware of this auction so, if they have some nostalgia, they have an opportunity to bid on items they might desire,” Treasurer Sue Lehmann said during Monday evening’s board of education meeting.

The online auction includes items such as storage cabinets, desks, counters, cupboards, chairs, benches, fans, ladders, clocks, bookshelves, corkboards, chalkboards, organizers, smart boards, projectors, rolling carts, TVs, VCRs, tables, dry erase boards, ceiling fans, shoe racks, wall shelves, wall items, refrigerators, freezers, ovens, rugs, lockers, cleaning tools, first aid kits, computers and an assortment of other furnishings.

Interested parties can find the auction details, as well as view the available items, at The items may be viewed without registering. However, registration is required in order to bid on and ultimately purchase any of the items.

The auction site is now live and will end at 8 p.m. on Aug. 8.

Individuals will have an opportunity to see the items in person during open houses, set to take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 27 and Aug. 10 at both Riley, 1324 Walnut St., and Longfellow, 619 Sandusky St. No bids will be accepted during the open houses.

Purchased items must be paid for and removed on Aug. 10, 12 or 13 between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Lehmann said a second auction will take place in early 2020 for the sale of obsolete loose furnishings from the current Fostoria Junior/Senior High School.

Superintendent Andrew Sprang said new classroom furniture has been delivered and the playground equipment is being installed at the elementary building.

Also outside of the elementary building, the parking lots have been paved and striped.

The board on Monday approved a resolution allowing a change order for $69,842 at the new 7-12 building for additional parking lot paving. Sprang said this was an alternative option created at the beginning of the project process that was contingent on the availability of funds.

The order paves the way for a new parking lot on the south end of the junior/senior high school, where the current school now sits, as well as about 30 extra parking spots in the west parking lot.

Separately, school officials are gearing up for the 2019-20 academic year and have scheduled the Back to School Bash for Aug. 21.

Sprang said a usage premium was approved that will require families to pay $25 before students are permitted to take their Chromebooks home or off of school property.

“One of the biggest issues we saw last year was screen replacement from scratched or broken screens,” Sprang said, explaining the cost of a replacement screen was close to $180. “We’re setting this usage premium in order to keep costs down. ”

“The $25 will cover any damage that might occur to a device,” Sprang explained. “We know accidents happen. We hope that this will protect a district investment, but also give a bit of a financial ease to families as well.”