The town of Rolling approved and accepted the final prices for the auction sale of the former Pleasant View Elementary School, adjoining land, and various assets during the monthly town board meeting on Tuesday night.
The online auctions, administered by North Central Sales, concluded on Oct. 7 after being open to bids for more than six weeks. The town board’s approval makes the final results official.
The school buildings along with 10 acres of land were claimed by Ron Zalewski Farms with a final bid of $60,000, with the likely purpose agricultural use.
The bigger prize turned out to be the adjoining 20-acre parcel, mostly forest land south of the school. The land went for $87,000 to an out-of-state buyer with local roots.
The 154 separate lots of various assets, everything from classroom furniture and equipment to traffic cones and the flag pole, raised a total of roughly $12,500. The total auction results of $159,218 were a welcome surprise to Rolling Town Chairman Dave Kautza and his colleagues.
“We got the results of the sale, which were better than what the town had expected,” Kautza said. “We look forward to the new owners taking over. The parcel of land was especially a higher price than what we figured.
“Everything went very well, the handling by North Central Sales was excellent, an exceptional job, and the advertising brought in quite a few out-of-state bidders.”
The entire process is not quite complete, as it will take about a month to handle the land deeds and abstracts.
The final bids are still available for view on the North Central Sales website. The going rate for a few asset items of note was $3,100 for the Burke playground equipment set, $1,650 for the Norlake walk-in freezer, $650 for a John Deere lawn tractor, $350 for the flag pole, $170 for the former rural elementary school logos from the gym, $150 for the electronic scoreboard, and $120 for the Pleasant View Vikings wooden crest on the front lawn.