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Local school districts benefit from Nicolet equipment “sale”

Nov. 25, 2014

What’s purchased by Nicolet College with tax dollars should stay in the Nicolet district to support public education.

That was the thinking behind a recent used computer and equipment sale at the college that was open to all 15 public school districts within the borders of the Nicolet District.

computer sale“All of the equipment is still very functional,” said Interim President Kenneth Urban. “The college just didn’t have a use for it anymore due to necessary computer upgrades and changing program and facility needs.”

Six school districts elected to participate in the event that technically was called a “sale” but was as close to a give-away as possible under state law. The items fell into two categories: general equipment and computer equipment.

For general equipment, each school district paid $1 and was allowed to take whatever equipment the college had set aside for the event.

For the computers, it was $1 apiece.

“Taxpayers purchased this equipment and we wanted to make sure it stayed in the district to be used by area schools that are also supported by tax dollars,” Urban added.

School districts choosing to participate in the event were Elcho, Laona, Mercer, Phelps, Three Lakes, and Wabeno.

At the end of the day 63 computers found new homes. These included both Apple and PC products.

The more than 100 items that fell into the general equipment category also went back into use. This included a wide variety of science lab equipment along with tables, chairs, cabinets, a metal lathe, a Bobcat broom, three Smart Boards, and a variety of tools, including a metal bar bender.

In the photo above, Elcho School District Technical Director David Smith, right, looks over equipment as Jason Schroepfer, left, an Information Technology work study student at Nicolet, keeps track of equipment sold.