Old school supplies find new homes at Mat-Su school district surplus sale
As the saying goes, one person’s trash is another’s treasure.
The inside of the old Iditarod Elementary School may not be a shipwreck, but in a sea of unwanted school supplies cast aside by the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District (MSBSD), home-school parent Marvilie Shaver says she’s found gold.
“This could be more than a whole year of school, maybe a year and a half worth of school for my daughter,” Shaver said while sorting through a box of first-grade curriculum. “It’s nice that we are going to be able to take it off their hands.”
Shaver was one of several home-school parents hunting for a good deal at the district’s surplus sale.
“When you have 47 schools, a lot of things can accumulate within a year,” MSBSD superintendent Gene Stone said.
The district hosts surplus sales periodically but Stone says this is one of the biggest yet. Just about everything inside the old Iditarod Elementary School is for sale.
There’s everything from chairs and desks to gym equipment and smart white boards.
“When the usefulness of something runs its course, we just make it available,” Stone said.
Despite facing more $2.2 million of state budget cuts, MSBSD isn’t trying to make money off the sale.
In fact, boxes of books are selling for just a couple dollars.
“It’s really just an opportunity to get the material into the hands of community members that can get some useful life out of it,” Stone said.
The material may be outdated, but home-school parent Jessica Seltzer says she can still get some life out of it.
“We paid $18 for five kids’ worth of English, writing and phonics. And that would have cost us probably a good $1,200 between all of them,” Seltzer said.
MSBSD officials say whatever isn’t sold will end up at the local recycling center or landfill.
Bidding on the big items ended on Tuesday, July 12 but will open again July 18 and 19.
Outdated curricula materials and used library books may be purchased at the Old Iditarod Elementary July 11-14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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