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Thayer scoreboard on last legs

Friday, September 23, 2011

Thayer School District is seeking sponsors to help fund the replacement of the high school football field scoreboard, above, which could be as much as 20 years old. A new wireless board is estimated to cost about $30,000.
Keeping time at high school football games has become a costly venture, but creates a longtime business marketing opportunity for sponsors, Thayer Schools Superintendent Dan Chappell said.

Chappell said the district's aged football field scoreboard should make it through this year, but must be replaced before the 2012-13 season starts. The age of the current board is uncertain, with some athletic department employees guessing the age to be 20 years, while some board members think the board is around 15 years old.

Either way, Chappell said, the board is obsolete.

When both time clock drivers quit this year, the estimated cost to replace them was $1,700 each.

Chappell called the Cabool School District to inquire about its old scoreboards.

The Cabool district recently bought a new scoreboard for about $30,000, Chappell said, and sold its old time clock drivers to the Thayer district for $250.

"That should get us through this year," Chappell said.

A new wireless scoreboard likely will cost Thayer about $30,000, of which $15,000 is for the board, $4,000 for the 25-second clock and $1,500 for a wireless controller.

The district can save some money by doing some of the installation work itself, Chappell said.

Chappell said he has begun talking with business owners who may be interested in sponsoring a portion of the cost for a new board.

"This is a good opportunity for a local business to have long-term advertising," Chappell said.

Sponsors names will be displayed alongside the board, which is expected to be in position at least 15 years, he said.

Also at the Sept. 10 school board meeting:

* The board adopted a resolution for a safer community, and has agreed to investigate requirements for applying for Federal Emergency Management Agency funds to share in costs to build an emergency storm shelter.

* The board approved having professional staff reimburse the district if they resign before the end of their contract.

* The board rejected bids of $8,517 from Century Insulation, $7,363 from Air Flow of Pocahontas, Ark., and $10,950 from Ozark Foam Insulation to insulate the bus barn. The board approved the $9,472 bid of BPSi Foam Insulation of Mountain Home, Ark., for the project. BPSi's bid calls for adding 3.5 inches of insulation, while the low bid of Air Flow calls for 1-inch insulation. The board rejected Century's bid because the bid did not include required company information, such as an address or previous projects.

* The board approved an FBLA trip to Pennsylvania.

* The board heard from two parents about varsity and junior varsity cheerleading issues. The varsity squad qualified to compete at state in Columbia on Oct. 1-2.

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