SJ-O boosters have pledged $40,000 for new scoreboard

SJ-O boosters have pledged $40,000 for new scoreboard

ST. JOSEPH — St. Joseph-Ogden could be getting a new scoreboard.

The current one is at least 40 years old and began malfunctioning during football season last year. Superintendent Jim Acklin said scoreboards can range in cost between $50,000 and $90,000 dollars.

"A scoreboard with more track meet capabilities would be near the higher end of that range," he said.

School board and Fan Club member Les Hoveln said boosters have already committed $40,000 to the project.

Principal Brian Brooks said the new scoreboard would have video capabilities that would provide the district with multiple options.

"The primary reason for the district looking at a scoreboard with that video board was so we can use it for track and field as well as football," he said. "That particular scoreboard would give us the ability to not only have a timer going during a track meet, but also be able to display results from the different events on the video board."

The current scoreboard is roughly 18 feet x 12 feet. The proposed new board would be roughly 24 x 18 — not including the sponsorship signs at the bottom. At least three sponsorship signs would offset the cost.

Brooks said the project was dependent on bid amounts and how many sponsorships and donations could be collected.



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