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Madison City Schools to sell surplus to highest bidder on May 1

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – A warehouse filled with everything from filing cabinets to cribs means it’s time for a purge for Madison City Schools.

“We have 140 lots of varying merchandise that has been collected and moved from one school or another,” said the school district’s director of operations Patrick Conner.

The law says school administrators cannot throw things away, but must determine a value — and an auction will do just that.

Some of the items are 40-50 years old and include antique sewing machines, deep-fat fryers, toys, small chairs, refrigerators, cafeteria tables, even three-legged desks are being auctioned off for anyone with an interest in scrap.

The money will go back to the district but a portion of it will go towards two student organizations in the district that helped organize the space.

“I had the football team from James Clemens, and they did a lot of lifting of heavy pieces,” explained Conner. “I’ve had HOSA and Destination Imagination from Bob Jones High School and they’ve come in and helped me get the small stuff organized.”

Two hundred fifty hours of help from students has the warehouse ready for the sealed bids to be entered on Friday, May 1.

The sale will take place on Friday, May 1 at a warehouse located at 15 Short Street, just south of the main business district in Madison.

You can view items on Wednesday, April 29, between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Thursday, April 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. the day of the sale. Bids will be accepted during the hours listed, and the sealed bids will be opened at 10:30 a.m. Friday May 1.

Awards go to the highest bidder, who will be responsible for payment on the date of the sale and for removal within two weeks. Each lot must be sold complete and from bids submitted on a designated bid form. Bidders must be 19 years or older and payment only by cashier’s check, money order, or cash.

“This auction will determine whether an item has value and that way we’re making good use of the taxpayers’ dollars,” said Conner.

See photos of the items up for sale.