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Above, a wooden carving of a Native American that was set to be sold during Romeo Community Schools' district-wide auction next month has been removed from the list after students and parents asked that it remain at Indian Hills Elementary.
(Photo submitted by Indian Hills Elementary student)
Wood carving to stay
at Indian Hills Elementary
by CHRIS GRAYA wood carving that could be decades old will stay at Indian Hills Elementary after students and parents spoke out against it being sold.
Observer Staff Writer
With the district preparing to auction off any unused or surplus items next month, Superintendent Nancy Campbell charged each building with finding items that could be sold. At Indian Hills, Principal Lisa Wujczyk came upon a wood carving of a Native American sitting off to the side on the school's stage.
When Wujczyk asked her staff about it they indicated the item wasn't needed, so Campbell gave the go-ahead to submit it to the auction.
"The staff said it was time to let it go," Wujczyk said.
However, word spread in the school over the past two weeks that the carving was going to be auctioned off, and students and parents expressed their concern over losing what could be an item with historical ties to the school's origins.
Kim Barrows, a parent volunteer at Indian Hills, said there is a possibility that the Native American figure was carved from a tree in 1968 that had to be removed from the property. She said with the sentimental and potentially historical nature of the carving, she didn't see a reason for it to be sold.
"If it's insulting someone or is in way of education I can understand, but if it's because someone doesn't care for it, I have an issue with that," she said.
Students gave a card to Wujczyk asking for the carving to stay at the school. She said with the showing of support to keep it around, she decided to have the piece moved back to the school.
"We want to be sensitive to the community," she said.
As of April 25, she said the piece will be returned as soon as staff members are available to move it. Wujczyk said she asked her staff about the history of the artwork, but there are no clear records or stories at the school regarding its origins.
Indian Hills Elementary was built in 1966 on the site of an old Native American campground, as indicated by artifacts that were found during construction. Though named Indian Hills Elementary, the official mascot of the school is a bulldog.
The district's auction is scheduled for May 12 at its warehouse. The auction will be managed by biddergy.com, which will have items available for the public to view from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 9. The highest bidders from the online auction will pick up their items on May 13.
Campbell said the auction will help raise revenue for the district while creating more space in the various buildings. Most items will be surplus or overage items.