The West Hancock Community School District could possibly have a new high school track and football scoreboard for the upcoming school year.
The school board looked at replacing the scoreboard in preparation of the 2019-2020 school year during their meeting on Monday, June 17.
West Hancock Schools Superintendent Wayne Kronemann said the original concept was to get a scoreboard that could tie into their timing system for track times and have a video display so the people watching in the stands could see which athlete got which score or time.
During the meeting, West Hancock High School Principal Dan Peterson presented a list of 13 scoreboard options available that could replace the one being used.
Estimates ranged from $4,394 to $55,229, with most around $10,000 to $15,000. Ten were from Daktronics, two from Fair-Play and one from DigitalScoreboards.
Peterson said the West Hancock Athletic Booster Club was interested in having a scoreboard that would show the track times of the runners, because the school does not have a way to fully display times and results.
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While the booster club wants a new scoreboard, they don’t want to be funding it themselves, according to Peterson, though Peterson expects they would contribute up to $10,000.
The board has to decide if raising money for a new scoreboard is worth the money, because “what we do have is working, just not as fancy or nice as what someone else may have,” Peterson said.
If the board wanted to have the scoreboard in time for football season, they had to have made a decision during their meeting, but they decided to table the decision until the next month.
“I don’t want to rush anything,” board president Ryan Johnson said. “…We had pretty good luck, as far as functionality, we had pretty good luck last year [with the varsity scoreboard].”
Kronemann said he hasn’t had anyone come to him and say the school needs a new scoreboard and he doesn’t think anybody else has, other than the booster club.