Large crowd attends auction at former school

More than 200 jammed into hallways and classrooms Saturday for an auction at the former Chestnut Street Elementary School in Kane.The Kane Area School District held the auction to dispose of surplus equipment and to prepare the building for sale to Kane Manufacturing.“It was a larger turnout than we expected,” John Rook said in commenting on the size of the auction crowd. Rook is the facilities director for the school district.Based on preliminary figures, it appears the school district will take in more than $9,200 as its share of the auction proceeds.During the 5 ½-hour auction that began at 10 a.m., bidders paid $11,534 for items ranging from metal waste paper cans to a set of kettle drums. Rook said the school district’s share is $9,227.30 based on the total sales.Many successful bidders walked out the door with their purchases at the auction. Rook said other items sold at the auction are expected to be removed this week.Corey Brown was the auctioneer. He is associated with Green Gables Village, which is located on Route 219 in Great Valley, N.Y. just north of Salamanca and just south of Ellicottville.This is the second time the school district has hired Brown to conduct an auction. He also presided at an auction two years ago to sell surplus items at the former Mt. Jewett Elementary School. The school district received $7,994 as its share of that auction, Rook said.The new Kane Elementary School on West Hemlock Avenue is now in its second year of operation. This school replaces the former elementary schools in Mt. Jewett and Kane.Kane Manufacturing has purchased the former Chestnut Street Elementary School and plans to convert part of the top level into offices.Educational-related programs now are located on the first level of the former school. They are expected to remain in place once Kane Manufacturing takes control of the building. The Kane school “wrestling room” on the first floor also is expected to remain in place.Under terms of the auction, Brown receives 20 percent of the high bids. He also charges a separate 10 percent “buyer’s premium,” which means successful bidders pay their winning bid—plus 10 percent.As part of the agreement, Brown advertised the auction on his company’s website. Photos of the auction items were posted on the website.Many in the crowd of 200 came from out-of-site for the auction.The parking lot at the former school was filled to capacity and parked vehicles lined Chestnut Street.Lisa Kranock, the on-side cashier for Green Gables, said more than 100 registered as bidders at the auction. Others came to watch the bidding or to look at the auction items.Local contractor Brian Sees has purchased the former Mt. Jewett school and is converting the building into residential units.See full article by purchasing the March 5 edition of The Kane Republican.