July 23, 2016

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Cloverleaf auctions elementary school for $61,000

SEVILLE — Saturday’s Seville Elementary School auction netted $61,665 for Cloverleaf Schools’ permanent improvement fund.

The school building went for $37,200 and the contents brought in $25,667, Superintendent Daryl Kubilus said.

The district spent $1,200 on advertising the auction, he added.

“It’s always good to have money in that fund so we can use it for buses, technology and the like,” he said.

Kubilus said he didn’t know the name of the buyer for the building, but said he was from Columbus. More than 300 bidders attended the auction, he said.

Cloverleaf’s three former neighborhood elementary schools — in Westfield Center, Lodi and Seville — have been vacant since they were consolidated into one new elementary school a year ago.

Cloverleaf Schools has been in fiscal emergency for a year, meaning a five-member state commission oversees the district’s finances. A 6.9-mill emergency operating levy failed in November. The board is planning another attempt to pass a levy in May.

The auction for Cloverleaf’s final elementary school building in Lodi is this weekend. The auction of the contents of Westfield Elementary School raised $37,000 for the district last month, and the board is working on a deal to sell the building for $1 to the village of Westfield Center.

The open house “for anybody who would like to take one last walk through Lodi Elementary,” is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Kubilus said.

Lodi Elementary School’s auction will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at 301 Mill St. This auction will include the school’s contents and real estate. For more information on individual items, visit www.kikoauctions.com.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.