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School District selling surplus property

Posted on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 11:43 am

By Ken Jackson
Staff Writer
The Osceola County School District is holding its second annual auction Saturday to cash in on its surplus property.
But just like the typical weekend yard sale on your block, you’ll need to arrive early to get a shot at the good stuff.
School LogoThe public auction will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the District Administrative Complex Warehouse on Bill Beck Boulevard. Items can be previewed beginning at 7:30 a.m., and some of the lots can be found at the auctioneer’s website (www.
Like last year, a variety of vehicles, food service equipment, auto and machine shop parts, office supplies, lawn and maintenance equipment, computers and related components will go to the highest bidder.
The district chose to host its own event last year, rather than contracting with firms from outside the county to pick up and sell the excess inventory at a surplus auction in Zellwood.
“It cost too much in fuel and hauling, and we didn’t get much of a return,” District Supervisor of Purchasing Cheryl
Jessee said.
She said the inaugural auction brought in more than $75,000, and a smaller one was held in October to create more room in the district’s warehouse facilities.
“We get all the things the schools don’t need when they receive new inventory, so we did it based on our capacity,” Jessee said.
Working through Holzman’s helped draw a crowd last year, she said.
“I don’t know if it’s their name or their online presence, but they really bring people in,” Jessee said. “And people come from all over the state, like Tampa and the (East) coast. A lot of them are specialty people looking for their
niche items.”
Among the items up for grabs include:
Vehicles (will be auctioned first) — step vans, a box truck with liftgate, a dual-wheel truck chassis with no bed; shop equipment — refrigerant recovery machines, testing and diagnostic equipment, drill presses, a car wash soap system; computer and audio/visual — pallets of PCs and laptops, monitors, printers, servers, mixing consoles, VCRs, DVD players, big screen and TVs; office equipment — copiers, collating systems, shredders, desks, file cabinets and other storage, desks; lawn and maintenance equipment and parts.
The Holzman website contains more information and photos of some of the merchandise available. The items have no reserve, meaning they’re priced to move.
“Everything’s got to go,” she said.