Lehighton Area School District recently "cleaned out the closets" and held an auction of all surplus items. Houser Auctioneers was contracted to conduct the auction, which took place behind the administration building, located at 1000 Union St. in Lehighton.

According to LASD business administrator J. Michael Malay, Jr., the auction netted $26,842.12.

"It is the general consensus that the auction was a success for the district," said Malay.

"The proceeds from the auction will be used to purchase much needed equipment without affecting the budget and the taxpayer," said school board President Rocky Ahner.

"I would like to express thanks to the entire district staff for their dedicated efforts, to the auctioneer for a well-orchestrated plan, and most of all to school board Vice President Hal Resh for initiating and following through with the idea of the sale," he continued.

In addition to chairs and desks that were not currently being used, other surplus items that were auctioned off included several pieces of lawn equipment; old slate from chalkboards; a lot of scrap metal; and older technology equipment that was not able to work with current LASD technology upgrades.

"It was a beautiful day which allowed for individuals to take their time and look at the surplus items," concluded Superintendent Jonathan J. Cleaver. "Supervisor of Building and Grounds Joe Hauser and his crew did a great job working with the auctioneer and setting up the items for the public to view."

For more information about LASD, visit www.Lehighton.org [1] or call (610) 377-4490.