Medina Towne School auctions contents
By Sue Cook, staff reporter
MEDINA – Auctioneer Lynn Hill led the sale of the contents of the Medina Towne Primary School today. Items included massive quantities of furniture, shop machinery and more.
Nearly 200 people, including families with children who had recently attended the school before its closure, came to the auction.
“It’s nice to see it go up for sale and help the school district,” said Justin Stilwell, who attended the school in his childhood. “There’s nothing in here I really miss, but it’s been a long time though so I hardly remember any of it. It’s nice to see everything going to help the school.”
Ronald Ettinger Jr. recalled that as kids they had painted handprints in the entrance of the school, but lamented that it has been covered over by another coat of paint. He said he remembers a lot of the old items up for sale.
“I really don’t know how I feel to tell you the truth,” he said.
Ettinger’s daughter, Emma, attended the school more recently. She was in 3rd grade during the school’s final year.
Zach Shaffer was an Albion student, but his memories of the Medina Towne School are personal and strong.
“Even though I didn’t go here as a student, I spent so much time around kids from here and this place. I used to come here when I was a little kid. Whenever my dad had visitation on the weekends, he would always bring me down to this playground. I learned how to swing on a swing set here,” said Shaffer.
“It makes me sad that it has to go,” he continued. “It’s upsetting because there’s a lot of childhood memories here, especially considering we just sold the house I spent weekends with him in, too. My connection with this town is completely cut.”
The proceeds of the sale will be used by the Medina school district and the vacant Towne School will remain under their ownership.