July 1, 2016

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Sale of Lodi Elementary School gets $69,930

LODI — Saturday’s auction at the former Lodi Elementary School earned about $69,930 for Cloverleaf Schools.

Superintendent Daryl Kubilus said a bidder from New York bought the school building, 301 Mill St., for $40,000.

Daryl Kubilus

The district netted $37,200, Kubilus said, after the auction house gets its 7 percent commission.

The money will go into the district’s permanent improvement fund, which pays for items like buses, technology and textbooks.

Kubilus said he did not know what the new owner intended to do with the building.

The sale of the contents of the school building earned the district $32,730. All but two of 449 lots of items were sold, Kubilus said.

Cloverleaf’s two neighborhood schools — in Seville and Lodi — were put on the auction block after a new consolidated elementary school opened about a year ago.

The auction of the Seville school building and contents about a week ago netted $61,665 for the district, and the auction of the contents of Westfield Elementary School earned the district about $37,000.

The board likely will sell the Westfield Elementary building to the village of Westfield Center.

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

About 300 people attended a Friday open house at the Lodi school, he said.

“The open house was the most well-attended one that we had had,” Kubilus said. “It was so much fun watching people relive their memories of the time they went to Lodi Elementary.”

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