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Beatrice School Board considering video display

November 14, 2018

The O-Zone at Beatrice High School may receive a new digital scoreboard display if the school board approves a proposal discussed Monday night.

At Monday’s school board meeting, BPS Superintendent Jason Alexander discussed the proposal for a scoreboard that would allow for video displays.

The display would cost around $65,000, and the project would total $95,000 after factoring in installation costs and a new speaker system.

Despite the cost, Alexander said the new display would make the school money.

He said the district would pay around $20,000 annually over five years for the display.

At the bottom of the scoreboard would be room to display six sponsors who would pay $3,000 a year for a spot, as well as $1,000 advertisements that would be displayed like TV commercials during games and events.

Alexander estimated the video display, similar but smaller in scale to those found in large stadiums, would generate $28,000 annually, resulting in an $8,000 surplus that would help fund the activities department.

“Currently, we supplement the activities department about $77,000 this year,” he said. “This marketing agent would help us supplement the overall activities department as it stands.”

During games, the display would show replays, various statistics, students and attendees at the game and other items.

Board member Steve Winter suggested it could also be used to remind students of school announcements.

“I think another thing that it would offer is that you could put on the board when you’re going to have special ACT preparation class or announcement of different school activities,” he said.

The single display would be installed on the south side of the gym. Alexander added that students in media classes could help operate the display, incorporating it into the curriculum.

Alexander said he plans to get other quotes and proposals for the project, and a board vote could come before the end of the year.

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