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Closing out JHS with an online auction

An online auction of the remaining items in Jefferson High School started on July 24 and will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 6. Two open houses are scheduled for Sunday, August 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. and Monday, August 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. to allow the public to view the items they wish to bid on. (Lowell Anderson/Echo Press)1 / 2
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After a long year of packing up boxes, moving offices, and preparing the community for the transition from Jefferson High School (JHS) to the new Alexandria Area High School, the remaining items left in JHS will be auctioned off.

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“We had people coming to us early, asking if they could buy things,” Superintendent Rick Lahn said. “We really thought about how others would feel if we sold individuals certain things that they didn’t even know were for sale.”

To solve that problem, Alexandria School District 206 would simply inform the public inquiring about items for sale to an auction they would be having later in the year. Now that the time has come, the district decided to hold the auction online.

“We felt like the online auction was a very fair and equitable way to sell the equipment,” Lahn added. “This way it is accessible to everyone.” That includes not only the community, but other school districts that may be interested in desks, technology, or other items up for sale.

Already online and ready for bids, more than 3000 items from JHS were listed on on July 24. Bids will be accepted until 9 p.m. on Wednesday, August 6, with a pick up day being the following Friday, August 8, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Inspection times have been made for bidders to come see the listed items in person, which will be held on Sunday, August 3 from 1 to 3 p.m., and Monday evening August 4 from 4 to 8 p.m.

While Lahn believes that the bids all start low enough to ensure that they will sell most items, he did say that they will try to find a way to get items to a good place before considering discarding them.

Annie Harman
Annie Harman is a reporter for Echo Press and The Osakis Review. She grew up in Detroit Lakes and graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a degree in print journalism and history in May 2012. Follow her on Twitter at annieharman
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