LITCHFIELD TWP. — The former Litchfield Elementary School building sold for $150,000 at auction Thursday night.
Valley City resident Greg Petek was the highest of the seven bidders at the auction organized by the Buckeye Schools along with Farnsworth Auctions LLC. There was no minimum bid, with the first bidder starting at $20,000.
“I just thought it would be a great opportunity,” said Petek, who has two children in the district, after the auction.
“I’m invested in the school district and wanted to make sure that the opportunity was there to do something. I haven’t made any final decisions or plans for the building, but I want to make sure that it’s something in the best interest of the community.”
It costs the district about $45,000 a year to keep the building running, so having it sit empty hasn’t been very economical. The district stopped using the building in 2004.
“We had a day care that was in here about four years ago,” said Superintendent Kent Morgan.
“So it’s been abandoned, basically, with no students in here for about four years.”
According to Morgan, the district in the meantime has kept the building running, mainly using it for storage and by the Buckeye baseball and softball teams.
“I think we are happy with the amount of interest that we had. It was really hard because how many people really had the need for a building,” said Morgan. “I think that, overall, we are very satisfied that we got a good offer.”