By MORGAN MANNS
For The Courier
FOSTORIA — Monday marked a week since Fostoria Junior/Senior High School students and staff began classes in the new building.
Fostoria Board of Education utilized the new cafeteria space Monday evening during the monthly meeting, providing updates on how the transition is going as well as progress on the final stages of the building project.
“A week in the new building has provided a great deal of highlights,” Superintendent Andrew Sprang said Monday. “I think the kids and staff have done a great job of adjusting into the new building. They’re still finding their way around but it’s been pretty good.”
Fostoria City Schools is hosting a public auction to sell some of the items they don’t plan to keep and give community members and other members of the public the opportunity to find something they might want or need.
“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 has said.
The online auction includes items such as teacher and student desks, tables and chairs, stools, file cabinets, white boards, cork boards, TVs, clocks and speakers, SMART boards, projectors, carts, bookshelves, desktops and monitors, washers, dryers, ovens and stovetops, refrigerators, microwaves, food warmers, slow cookers, sinks, walk-in freezers, beverage coolers, convection ovens, kitchen utensils, registers, lockers, Chromebooks and educational materials.
Auction details are available at www.kigarauctions.com. 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 will become live either today or Wednesday and will end at 8 p.m. on Feb. 2.
Individuals will have an opportunity to see the items in person during open houses, set to take place Jan. 25 and Feb. 1. No bids will be accepted during the open houses.
Purchased items must be paid for and removed Feb. 4-5.
Once the auction is completed, the district will “move promptly to the demolition process” of the former junior/senior high school. The district will keep the northern section of the building, including the former commons, cafeteria and kitchen, gymnasium and Performing Arts Center.
The cafeteria and kitchen areas are being renovated to house the district offices.
The former commons area will be transformed into a history hallway with displays of memorabilia and artifacts from older buildings.
Once the southern part of the old building is torn down, a parking lot will be added to include more parking spaces.
“I would like to see us do another big open house, where we open up the entire campus to people so they can see the total finished product,” Sprang said Monday. “It’s an exciting time. It definitely looks different out in town.”
In addition to the completion of the new building and the addition to the elementary building, Sprang was referring to the demolition of the former Riley, Longfellow and Holmes elementary buildings.