In school auction, who’ll catch Picher gorilla statue?

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: June 10, 2009 at 4:33 am •  Published: June 10, 2009
PICHER — A concrete statue of the high school mascot is among the thousands of items from the Picher-Cardin School District that will be auctioned on Sunday.

The 90-year-old school district graduated its final class of seniors in May, and it now will be absorbed by the Commerce and Quapaw districts.

Trophies, lockers, band uniforms and sports equipment are among the items to be auctioned at 11 a.m. Sunday at the school.

The school district is within the Tar Creek Superfund site.

The town’s population dwindled as families began accepting buyouts, and then a deadly tornado a year ago destroyed dozens of homes.

The annexation agreement divided school furnishings and equipment between Commerce and Quapaw schools, but surplus property will go to the highest bidder.

Money from the auction also will go to the two receiving districts, school officials said.

Organizers said a lot of interest has been expressed in the roughly 5-foot-tall gorilla mascot statue near the school’s entrance.