Furniture and more up for grabs at school sale

Photo by Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise Wellington superintendent Dennis Mock briefs the Wellington board of education.

You could buy a memory from the old McCormick Middle School at auction before the building is torn down.

Desks, chairs and lockers are some of the items people will have the opportunity to purchase once the old school is cleaned out.

The Wellington board of education on Tuesday discussed plans to host an auction for items staff and faculty don’t need.

Some lockers are being moved from the middle school to accommodate eighth-graders at Wellington High School next year.

Superintendent Dennis Mock said the auction will likely be held sometime in December or early January after the students and teachers move to the new building.

He expects to have the keys to the new building between the end of October and mid-November. Teachers will move into the new McCormick over winter break and the students’ first day will be Jan. 4.

The plan is to demolish the 148-year-old school. The land will be handed over to the village to become a park.

First, sandstone arches at the building’s entrance will be salvaged.

“The school district is saving the sandstone arches from the middle school so that we will have a reminder of the historic middle school at both the new site as well as the original site,” board of education president Joe Calfo said.

Mock and other district administrators will keep offices in the vacated building until sometime in January.

So far, no plan has been approved for where those offices will be relocated.

The original plan was to move the superintendent and treasurer’s offices to Westwood Elementary once the third-graders moved into the new McCormick. The school board voted that down and decided to wait until the 2016-2017 school year to add third grade to the middle school.

Mock estimates the administration would need five or six rooms. The board of education has yet to discuss options for temporary office space, but Mock said it will be entering that discussion in the next couple of board meetings.

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