Plans under way for auction at former school

Plans are being made to auction off surplus school equipment and other items now housed at the vacant Chestnut Street Elementary School in Kane.The auction is set to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 3. Public inspection of the auction items is expected to start about 9 a.m.Corey Brown is the auctioneer hired by the Kane Area School District to conduct the sale. He is associated with Green Gable Village located on Route 219 in Great Valley, N.Y. just north of Salamanca. Green Gable Village is known as a multi-dealer shop for antiques."We should have a good turnout," Brown said in predicting the size of the crowd for the auction at the school. "We'll try to get all we can for the school district."Some of the items to be auctioned include cafeteria tables, mobile carriers for laptop computers, television sets, carts used to carry projectors, desks, chairs, display cases, cabinets, bookshelves, scrap metal, a lawn vacuum and old pianos and kettle drums.The equipment no longer is used by the school district.This is the second time Brown has conducted an auction for the school district. He also conducted the auction two years ago at the former Mt. Jewett Elementary School.The school district has closed both the Mt. Jewett and Chestnut Street schools because the district has built a new elementary school adjacent to the Kane Middle School on West Hemlock Avenue.Local contractor Brian Sees purchased the former Mt. Jewett school and is converting the building into residential units.Kane Manufacturing this month purchased the former Chestnut Street school and will use part of the building for offices.Brown said photos of many of the items for the March 3 auction in Kane are posted on the Green Gable Village website on the internet. Information also can be obtained by calling 716-945-3600.Under terms of the agreement, the school district will receive 80 percent of the high bids made at the auction. Brown receives 20 percent. He also charges a 10 percent "buyer's premium," which means the successful bidders will pay a 10 percent fee on top of their winning bid."We've been charging the 10 percent 'buyer's premium' for some time now," Brown said. He has been an auctioneer for 29 years.See full article by purchasing the Feb. 24 edition of The Kane Republican.