JAY — Original sports banners from former Jay and Livermore Falls high school teams will be auctioned off the week of Feb. 5-10.

Spruce Mountain High School Principal TJ Plourde made the announcement during the Regional School Unit 73 board of directors meeting Thursday night, Jan. 25. A post on the Spruce Mountain High School “Home of the Phoenix” Facebook page on Tuesday, Jan. 16, indicated the banners would be auctioned off online the week of Jan. 22 to 26. That post was removed the following day and Superintendent Scott Albert noted the auction had been put on hold in an email later Wednesday.

Unified banners created to represent the former high school teams now hang in the high school gym. “The new ones are much cleaner,” Plourde noted.

Fall banners will be auctioned off Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 5 and 6; winter banners Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 7 and 8; and spring banners Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9 and 10, he said. Photos will be posted on the Facebook page with descriptions of the school, year, team and award at 7 a.m. the morning each auction starts and bidding begins at 8 a.m., Plourde stated. “At 8 p.m. on the second day all bidding ceases,” he noted.

Winning bidders must be able to prove a direct connection to the banners, which can be paid for and picked up at the high school, Plourde noted.

Proceeds from the auction will recoup money spent for the new banners, he said. That money came from gate receipts [at games], he noted. If more money is received an account will be created for a future Hall of Fame, for which a committee will be started, Plourde said.

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“This is a big deal,” he noted. At several other school districts there is no history left in their gyms, the banners got thrown away, Plourde noted.

Board Chair Robert Staples asked if he could bid on a banner to donate it to a coach.

If no one else bid on the banner, such a bid would be considered afterwards, Plourde said.

Information about the auction will be posted on the Spruce Mountain High School “Home of the Phoenix” Facebook page and people don’t need to belong to the page to bid, he noted.

There is no starting bid on any of the 162 banners to be auctioned, a second round may be needed if no bids are received, Plourde stated. “This is going to be a big process,” he said.

When asked why banners weren’t offered to local historical societies, Plourde said the decision was made to go this route. If some are left over, that might be considered, he added.

 


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