The Forest City Community School District's online auction for pieces of the high school gymnasium floor, which has been in use since 1977, is underway.
The floor will be removed as part of a full gymnasium remodel that is set to begin in the spring or summer. The construction timeline will be determined in January. In addition to new flooring, other major pieces of the remodel include new bleachers and paint.
Proceeds from the online auction, which continues through Jan. 24, 2020, will be used toward the gymnasium remodel project.
“We’ve been fortunate that the floor has survived more than four decades of use,” said Darwin Lehmann, superintendent. “Many accomplishments and wonderful memories have taken place in the gym and we’re excited to offer this opportunity to own a piece of this history to the public.”
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A total of 200 gym floor pieces, as-is, will be available to bid on. Bidding will be available on 198, 4-foot by 6-foot sections of the main gym court as well as two larger side pieces, which are approximately 26-feet wide by 100-feet long each.
Bidding for each piece starts at $25 and only online bids will be accepted. Bidders must create a free account to be part of the online auction.
The school district has decided to keep the approximately 15-foot by 15-foot center court area and will reveal the plan to display it at a later date. Once the bidding closes, the winning bidders will be contacted with details about how to purchase and pick up the flooring pieces.
Since 1977, the gym has been the home of Indian basketball, wrestling and volleyball teams including eight state-qualifying boys basketball teams, two state-qualifying volleyball teams, one state-dual wrestling team and 33 individual state-qualifying wrestlers.
A total of 34 conference championships have been earned between the teams. Complete details about the online auction are located at www.biddingowl.com/ForestCityCommunitySchool.