Lyman Hall High School’s vocational agriculture program acquired Ginger and Lacey, two four-year-old miniature horses, in Sept. 2010 as a donation from a Meriden woman.
However, the estimated cost of keeping the horses rose more than anticipated.
“The finances just kept going up as we moved [into the new building],” said Pat Donnellan, Lyman Hall vo-ag teacher. Lyman Hall’s vo-ag program moved into a new facility, built with state funds, in Jan. 2010. Currently the program has about 250 students.
On Tuesday, the Town Council approved a request to open up bidding for the horses, but this won’t be an ordinary surplus bid.
“It adds a little judgment to it,” said Donnellan. “The bid amount is in there, but it isn’t point heavy.”
According to officials in the town’s Purchasing department, when school equipment is discarded, a legal notice is placed in the newspaper and the item goes to the highest bidder. In this case, a rubric will be used to determine if the bidders are suitable for the horses based on a site visit evaluation.