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Blair Oaks to take another year on new scoreboards

Blair Oaks to take another year on new scoreboards

June 12th, 2019 by Phillip Sitter in Local News

Blair Oaks High School in Wardsville

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The Blair Oaks R-2 school district will not have new scoreboards for at least another year, Superintendent Jim Jones told the district's Board of Education on Tuesday night.

The school board approved an agreement with South Dakota-based scoreboard vendor Daktronics in February that did not commit the district to a specific scoreboard purchase but approved the company to develop a marketing plan for selling sponsorships that would pay for scoreboards without using any district money.

Jones said in February that the district was looking to upgrade its baseball/softball, football/track and high school gym scoreboards to be fully digital, though the sizes — also determined by sponsorship funding — would probably be similar to what they are now.

The hope at the time was to have the new equipment in place for the fall.

Jones said Tuesday that the district got about half the sponsorships it needed to finance the new equipment, and the next year would provide more time to secure sponsorships.

The school approved a preliminary budget for the district for the coming 2020 fiscal year. More details will be available when the budget for next year is finalized, but Jones said the preliminary budget includes the salary and hourly pay increases approved at the board's meeting in May, as well as the 5 percent increase of the district's contribution per employee to health and life insurance.

Mentioning the district's new high school that voters approved in April, Jones said the district's administrative team would meet Thursday with The Architects Alliance to continue work on the building's floorplan.