Volume 47, Number 16 - June 14, 2010

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Theo Karantsalis
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College's surplus warehouse offers great deals for students

By Theo Karantsalis

When computers, printers, televisions, desks, chairs and furniture are sent out to pasture at Miami Dade College, students can get some great deals.

The “consolidated warehouse," located at 8643 N.W. 68th St. in Medley, stores the College’s surplus property.

College faculty and staff can visit the Medley warehouse and select items for their office. Bookshelves, hutches and oversized desks are just some of the items employees are able to bring back to their office—free of charge.

Students and the general public can find items at reduced rates.

“Everything is priced to sell,” Senior Manager Maria Halloran said. “Computers and laptops sell for $75, chairs for $5.”

Prices are subject to change at any time and property is sold “as is.”

“That’s a great deal, especially for students low on cash,” said Deandra Cooper, 19, an education major at the Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center.

But purchasing an item from the warehouse is not as simple.

Students, employees and the public must select an item, then return to Bursar's Office to pay for it. Once issued an official college receipt, he or she must drive back to Medley to pick it up.

“The warehouse can’t accept payments for items purchased there," Halloran said.

Cooper suggests one day a week or month where students can select and pay for items “on the spot” at the warehouse.

“Bet you’d sell a lot more stuff,” said Cooper.

The consolidated warehouse in Medley contains several bays, each serving a unique purpose. Furniture, including desks and chairs, as well as electronics such as computers, laptops and other electronics are organized in long rows like crops in a field. Archived college records are neatly stacked and numbered in industrial shelves.

Ruben Paz is the supervisor of the Medley warehouse.

“We store everything from computers to furniture to college records,” said Paz, “for all eight campuses."

“The warehouse provides a great help to all the campuses who do not have storage,” said Halloran, who manages records from the time they are archived until final disposition.

Halloran said she helps the college and students by ensuring that this information is available “when and where it is needed, in an efficient manner.”

What might appear as a simple task is complicated by a strict set of rules.

The state of Florida has an 11-page retention schedule that all universities and community colleges must follow, according to Judith Ring, director of the State Library & Archives of Florida—the agency that publishes the rules.

Ring said that retention times vary depending on the type of record. For example, a class schedule needs to be retained “until the end of the semester,” according to the state’s retention rules.

Other data, like parking tickets, need to be retained for 180 days. Discipline records must be retained for five years. Enrollment records are retained permanently.

Hours of operation at the Medley warehouse are, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call (305) 717-6839.

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