COVINGTON — Community members will get the opportunity to take home a memory of Covington schools with them come the beginning of June, when the process of preparing the elementary and middle schools for demolition begins.
The limited auction will be held on Monday, June 6, in the parking lot outside of Covington Middle School, located at 25 N. Grant St., starting at 6 p.m.
“The auction is going to be for loose furnishings,” Covington Superintendent Gene Gooding said.
The school district will begin moving items out of the Covington Elementary School and Covington Middle School as early as tomorrow evening. The items that the district will be keeping will be moved temporarily over to Covington High School.
“Once the kids are gone tomorrow, we will begin the process of moving,” Gooding said. “On June 6, we no longer have possession of the buildings.”
The buildings are expected be demolished shortly after the demolition company takes possession of the elementary and middle school buildings.
The auction will be limited to loose items and furnishings from the school buildings, such as desks, chairs, filing cabinets, and more. There will be a listing posted on auctionzip.com within the next few days of possible items that will be up for sale during this limited auction..
“We had a a lot of community members who are interested in purchasing a memento or piece of memorabilia from their time at Covington Elementary School or Covington Middle School or even Covington High School.”
The middle school, approximately 40 years ago, operated as the district’s high school.
“We want the community to be able to have something from these old buildings that have served the community so well,” Gooding said. “Once demolition does start, there will be bricks available to the public. They will be in a safe location, and of course those will be free.”
The safe location at each of the sites has not yet been determined, but they will be somewhere on the property of those schools.
“All the items in the building that have historical significance will be saved and taken to the new building,” Gooding said.
It has not yet been determined in what ways the different historically significant items will be on display. The Covington Board of Education has discussed at previous meetings how Covington schools will be working with local photographer Ben Robinson to catalog and preserve the graduation photos that are currently on display in the elementary and middle schools.
The photos will also be scanned and digitally stored. The public will be able to access them on flat screens that will be set up at the new school building in an area open to the public. Residents will be able to search for photos during a specific time, and the program that will be used will also provide details and information about that decade.
“These buildings are very important to this community,” Gooding said. He added that the school board and the school administration wanted the community to have the opportunity to take home a piece of memorabilia from the schools that was meaningful to them.
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