PUNXSUTAWNEY — Election Day was also “auction day” in Punxsutawney.
Local bidders filled the Punxsutawney Area High School library Tuesday evening, as the district said farewell to its five former elementary schools.
The auction, which began at 5:30 p.m., only took a half an hour, but Punxsutawney Area School Board members have been preparing for it for months.
At Thursday’s board meeting, Solicitor David Young said the auction would be something “entirely new for everyone,” and it’s not every day you auction off five buildings instead of just one.
Young led the auction with a smile, and joked with high bidders as he went along.
The elementary school buildings were auctioned off in alphabetical order:
BELL TOWNSHIP – Young started the bid at $200,000, adding that the building comes with 16 1/2 acres of land. It sold for $101,000.
JENKS HILL – The building was sold to the first and highest bidder for $20,000.
MAPLEVIEW – The Mapleview Elementary School building, which comes with 11.7 acres, sold for $69,000.
LONGVIEW – This Indiana County building, located on US Route 119 and encompassing eight acres of land, was sold for $85,000.
PARKVIEW – Sold for $50,000.
For about an hour, PASD board members discussed the bids, then reconvened in the library. At the start of the voting meeting at 7 p.m., Young congratulated the bidders, then directed them next door to sign agreements of sale.
When asked what his plans were for the Longview building, buyer Michael Shearer said he owns the adjoining property, and would like the additional building and land. Although he doesn’t know what it will be used for yet, he said “possibly” a venue of some sort in the future.