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Brooke County Schools to auction off old equipment

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Board of Education has hired an auctioneer to accept bids for security equipment, furniture and other materials from the school buildings it sold earlier this year.

The board approved a contract Monday with Brian Shafer of The Auction Block of Wellsburg, the only auctioneer to submit a proposal for the sale, which will be held at a date to be announced.

It calls for Shafer to be paid 30 percent of proceeds from the sale of security equipment, filing cabinets, tables, chairs and other materials from the former Lauretta B. Millsop and Beech Bottom primary schools and Follansbee Middle School.

Brooke County Superintendent Jeffrey Crook said some security equipment from L.B. Millsop Primary School building will be transferred to other school facilities but equipment at the Beech Bottom building isn’t compatible with the school district’s current security system.

The Millsop, Beech Bottom and Follansbee school buildings were sold to Little Bear Daycare, Cornerstone Christian Academy and Ewusiak Development, respectively, through auctions held in March and May.

Crook said also up for bid will be some materials at the former Colliers Primary School, which has been used for storage by the school district since it was closed with the others in 2018.

He said some interest has been expressed in the Colliers school and there are still plans to hold auctions for it and a double-wide trailer and lot at state Route 2 and 26th Street used for the Alternative Learning Center’s night classes.

Crook noted the former Wellsburg Middle School will become the new home to the center as well as the adult basic education program and West Virginia Handle on Science, an independent program that supplies kits for hands-on science activities to Brooke and other local counties.

He said there’s been talk, though no definite plans, of the school board also moving its offices there.

Crook said the school building offers adequate space for the board’s offices and auditorium where it could meet, and the move would allow the board to consider selling its current office building on Route 2.

He noted the board will consider an update to the district’s comprehensive educational facilities plan at its Aug. 10 meeting at 5 p.m. at the Brooke High School auditorium, with a public comment period to follow that.

Crook said there currently are no plans to close any schools.

He noted the district’s most recent consolidation, which included the closing of the three elementary schools and merging of the two middle schools into a new facility, occurred just a few years ago.

In other business, the board:

¯ Reorganized for the new year, re-electing Ted Pauls as president and electing Antoinette Perkins as vice president.

Perkins also will represent the board on the West Virginia University Extension Service committee. Board member Christopher Byers will represent it on the Northern Panhandle Community Criminal Justice Board and board member Stacy Hooper will represent it on the Brooke-Hancock Family Resource Network board.

¯ Approved a one-year agreement with Citynet to provide phone service for the Alternative Learning Center at Wellsburg Middle School, with the business to receive $177 per month for three phone lines and a one-time $300 installation fee.

¯ Announced its next meeting will be held at 5 p.m. July 27 at the high school’s auditorium. The board has been meeting there in recent months to allow the public to attend in person while social distancing.

(Scott can be contacted at wscott@heraldstaronline.com.)

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