High school set to get new scoreboards
WORTHINGTON -- With a vote of 4 to 2 Tuesday night, the District 518 School Board approved a new $113,000 scoreboard system for the high school gymnasium, Superintendent John Landgaard said Wednesday.
The package comes with a main video scoreboard and one for statistics. They will be at opposite ends of the auditorium and should be up by December, Landgaard said.
"Our current scoreboards have been up for about 20 years," Landgaard said. "That technology is being phased out, so within a year replacement parts won't even be available."
Daktronics Sports Marketing is handling the partnership and advertising packages. The 10 available partnerships include a permanent ad panel at the bottom of the scoreboards.
The main scoreboard will have six panels at the bottom, and the auxiliary board will have four panels. The partnership package costs $11,000 over five years. It ensures ad panels for 10 years.
Six businesses have currently been secured as partners, Landgaard said, adding that the additional four should be finalized by next week. The names of the partners can't be released until the contracts have been finalized, he said.
"This is an overall benefit to the students, school and community that utilize our facility and will provide some of the latest technology enhancements that support student learning and participation in activities," Landgaard stated in a letter to District 518 partners.
All members agreed a new scoreboard was needed, but Landgaard said members Mark Shepherd and Scott Rosenberg dissented because all 10 partners have yet to be secured.
While the district fronts the installation costs, the partnership fees will cover the majority of the cost, he explained.
"As technology gets dated, eventually you have to decide to upgrade," Landgaard said. "It's going to be a huge enhancement, not only for athletic events but for other events, such as graduations."
In other news, the board approved:
* The 2011-2012 audit report, conducted by Turbes, Drealan, Kvilhaug, Hoefker and Co. Landgaard said the full report will be available next week on the district's website, www.isd518.net.
* A cooperative boys' hockey sponsorship with Fulda and Round Lake-Brewster.
* An armory lease agreement for the gymnastics team at a cost of $1,325 a month for two years.
* A $19,752 refugee social services grant and $50,000 refugee school impact grant.
* An application for a Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Foundation student participation grant.
"The funds would be used to help students who may not be able to afford student activity fees," Landgaard said, adding the district should know by next month if it's approved.
* A new learning device committee formed to research plans for upgrading technology.
"Our ultimate goal is for every student to have a device that can enhance their learning opportunities," Landgaard said. "We're in the beginning stages of research, visits and investigations into developing a plan.
"If we don't utilize technology as part of our curriculum, we're falling behind," Landgaard said. "We need to stay up with how society is moving right now."
* A Flexible Learning Year (FLY) celebration is scheduled for Nov. 7 to review what's been accomplished and where the program is headed. A collaboration of 25 southwest Minnesota school districts, FLY's goal is to improve staff development and student performance.
Daily Globe Reporter Kayla Strayer may be reached at 376-7322.