School plans surplus auction

Seymour Community School Corp. is looking to rid itself of surplus items no longer used at the schools.

Throughout the year and especially after renovation projects, things like old desks and chairs, bookshelves, TVs, DVD players and VCRs and other items begin to accumulate, filling up closets and needed storage space, said Dave Stark, director of facilities and grounds.

Every other year, those items are gathered, declared surplus by the school board and put up for auction.

Public schools are required by state law to dispose of surplus equipment through an auction or public bid process because they are purchased with tax dollars. School districts also may sell or donate items to other school corporations or nonprofits if there is school board approval.

To clear out storage space and to make a little money, the corporation will have its biennial surplus auction at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the district’s bus garage at 1638 S. Walnut St. behind the administration office.

Items for sale include furniture, kitchen items, classroom chairs and desks, old light fixtures, a weightlifting apparatus, file cabinets and even a hot dog warmer and old-time popcorn machine, Stark said.

Local auctioneer Max Klosterman, who also is a school board member, will conduct Saturday’s auction. All items for sale are listed online at

In the past, the auctions have attracted about 100 people and typically raise between a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, depending on what items are available, Stark said.

Money raised will go back into the school corporation’s general fund.

The items being sold could be of interest and use to certain people, Stark said.

Stark said the auction is a good place for people who like to repurpose items for their homes or to sell and for those who operate day cares, work in early education or those who operate a commercial kitchen.

Items not sold will be sent to the landfill or recycled, he said.

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What: Seymour Community School Corp. biennial surplus auction

When: 9:30 a.m. Saturday

Where: District’s bus garage at 1638 S. Walnut St. behind the administration office