ST. JOSEPH — A new scoreboard is one step closer to fruition at St. Joseph-Ogden High School, thanks to $70,000 in donations.
"Although $95,000 is a lot of money for a scoreboard, it would probably not have been considered without $70,000 in donor pledges," Superintendent Jim Acklin said. "In the end, the school will get a state-of-the-art scoreboard for about half of what its cost would be for a replacement of what we currently have."
The Spartans' current scoreboard is 40 years old and began malfunctioning during the 2013 football season.
While reviewing bids at June's meeting, the school board learned that a video scoreboard with two rows of sponsorship signs would cost the district $95,743 while a scoreboard with no video would run $49,604. The bids included installation costs but not the expense of getting electricity to the scoreboard, which will add another $8,000 and $10,000.
Board president Jim Rein said that if the current scoreboard stopped working, the district would have to spend more than $50,000 to replace it — with no video capabilities.
SJ-O's current scoreboard is roughly 18 feet tall by 12 feet wide. The proposed new board would be about 24 feet tall by 18 feet wide (not including sponsorship signs at the bottom).
For comparison's sake, the scoreboard in the south end zone at Memorial Stadium at the University of Illinois is 36 feet tall by 96 feet wide.