Original Audubon School items auctioned before demolitionAudubon, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Demolition of the original Audubon School begins Monday, but before it's history, the school opened the doors tonight and let people bid on items inside. Some of the things purchased, ranged from doors and railings, to cabinets and counter tops.
The idea behind this auction was to keep the original school alive, past and present teachers along with former students are doing just that.
MISCHELLE HAGERTY - Audubon Class of '85: "I went here K though 12."
Mischelle Hagerty is Audubon, Class of '85. At the time it hadn't merged with Lake Park, the building being torn down is her high school.
"This is where my locker was."
Hagerty bought the entrance doors to the school, she plans on making them her front doors to a home she'll soon be building.
"Every time I see it I'll think of the memories here."
The two story school was built in 1922. The district is doing its part to keep it alive, original railings from stairwells and original cabinets from the building are being transferred over to the new school.
DALE HOGIE - LP-A Superintendent: "I like the idea that we are going into a new section of the building, but we're going to have a link to that 1922 building and as people return for reunions or other activities. They might say I remember that from science or that's cool, that's something that we had when I was in the building."
The school broke even on the project. People paid what the items cost to remove. Quite the bargain for a lifelong memory.
"It was a lot of good memories and it's just hard to see it go. Every room means something to me here so yeah it's just neat."
A mosaic glass mural of the original school was made and will hang in the new schools entrance, the saved hand rails will be the frame for the piece of art.