Policy 803.01: Disposition of Obsolete Equipment

Original Adopted Date: 07/01/1985 | Last Reviewed Date: 6/19/2023

School property, such as equipment, furnishings, or supplies (hereinafter equipment), will be disposed of when it is determined to be of no further use to the school district.  It is the objective of the school district in disposing of the equipment to achieve the best available price or most economical disposal.

Obsolete equipment or property other than real property having a value of no more than $25,000 may be sold or disposed of in a manner determined by the board.  However, the sale or disposition of equipment, furnishings or supplies disposed of in this manner will be published in a newspaper of general circulation.  

A public hearing will be held regarding the disposal of the equipment with a value of $25,000 or more prior to the board’s final decision.  The board will adopt a resolution announcing the proposed sale or disposition and will publish notice of the time and place of the public hearing and the description of the property will be in the resolution. Notice of the public hearing will be published at least once, but not less than 10 days and not more than 20 days, prior to the hearing date unless otherwise required by law.  Upon completion of the public hearing, the board may dispose of the equipment.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to make a recommendation to the board regarding the method for disposing of equipment of no further use to the school district.

NOTE:  The language in the second and third paragraphs reflect Iowa law regarding the sale of personal property.  Boards should add their procedures for disposition of personal property valued at less than $25,000 in the second paragraph.


Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 24.9; 297.22-.25.


I.C. Iowa Code Description
Iowa Code  § 24.9 Notice of Hearings
Iowa Code  § 297 School Houses/Sites

Cross References

Code Description
705.01 Purchasing – Bidding
705.01-R(1) Purchasing – Bidding – Suspension and Debarment of Vendors and Contractors Procedure
705.01-R(2) Purchasing – Bidding – Using Federal Funds in Procurement Contracts