Here’s something that popped up on the North East School District bids and proposal page, a notice for the sale of surplus furniture. How long was this out there?
Did the school district advertise this sale?
There was no public notice of this sale that I am aware of, so how many offers for this furniture did the district receive? It was not in the public notice section of Erie paper, at least not online and it isn’t in the North East News Journal. Was this posting on a page of the NESD website their normal procedure for informing the public?
Give North East taxpayers a chance to make an offer
It would be nice to give taxpayers in the North East School District a chance to buy some of this furniture, which consists of wooden chairs and wooden study desks, especially with all of the home schooling that has been necessary over the past year and might again be required in the future.
It’s not a large sale, there are 30 chairs at $15 each, 6 double desks at $50 each and one single desk at $25. My guess is that under a certain dollar amount, no advertising is done, but what options have been considered?
After the school board meeting that was both announced and canceled on the same day it was scheduled to be held, this past week, and now a very short (if any) notice for a sale of surplus school furniture, the district might want to try a different approach.
Notice from the bids page on NESD website follows:
Disposal Sale of Used School Furniture
The following list of items have been deemed to be surplus to the needs of the North East School District.
All items will be sold as is with no warranties, express or implied of any kind.
Offers to purchase are to be received by 2:00 PM, Monday, August 16, 2021, delivered to Bill Wingerter, Building & Grounds Supervisor, North East School District, District Administration Office, 50 East Division Street, North East, PA 16428, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Offers must be marked “FURNITURE SURPLUS SALE” and must include name, phone number, email, and contact information, as well as a list of which specific items and quantities are being requested. The North East School District will consider alternate offers for bulk purchases and reserves the right to reject any or all offers.
Inspection of the furniture for sale can be made by appointment via email to email@example.com.