Former Philipsburg-Osceola junior high contents net more than building

lfalce@centredaily.comMay 28, 2014 

— They say it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

That was true at the former Philipsburg-Osceola junior high.

The building took up the whole block between Sixth and Seventh, Pine and Laurel streets. It sported a large gymnasium, an auditorium with a balcony, two floors, a basement and scads of rooms.

Until it closed in 2013, it was home to every seventh- and eighth-grader in the district. At one point, it was even the Philipsburg Senior High — at a time when P-O didn’t even exist.

Last week, it was sold at auction to a developer for $13,000.

The auction also unloaded a bunch of miscellaneous equipment and furnishings inside the school: rows of smart boards in the hallway; stacks of chairs in a stairwell; a classroom full of bookshelves; a ton of televisions.

When all the money was counted, the contents of the building actually brought in twice as much as the structure. After fees to Ronald Gilligan Auctioneering, the bits and pieces inside brought $27,000 into the district coffers; $45,000 came from selling the former Wallaceton-Boggs Elementary building several miles away to the owners of WPHB radio station.

Superintendent Gregg Paladina said the biggest impact is actually in the money that won’t be spent.

“We will be saving about $100,000 to $150,000 a year in maintenance costs alone,” he said.

The junior high was closed when the district opened the newly completed P-O middle school. That building, including $20 million in additions and renovations to the former North Lincoln Hill Elementary, houses all of the district’s fifth- through eighth-graders.

Lori Falce can be reached at 235-3910. Follow her on Twitter @LoriFalce.

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