During its April meeting the Redwood Area Board of Education saw a presentation that would include the installation of new scoreboards in the gym.
After directing the school’s administration to seek out sponsorships from the community to cover the cost of that amenity, the idea was again brought before the board during its meeting May 20.
According to Rick Ellingworth, RASD sup-erintendent, the community has been overwhelmingly supportive of the idea, with 24 entities entering into agreements to provide funds to help cover the costs for the upgrade.
Each is going to pay $12,000 over five years.
For that amount, each entity is going to have the name of their business on the scoreboard in the gym.
The school district has entered into an agreement with Dak-tronics for the scoreboard at a cost of $158,080. The scoreboard being installed in the local school district is going to be state-of the-art – described as the best in the region.
It is going to have video capability, and Ellingworth said that provides a number of options for the district in the future.
In addition to ap-proving the move forward with the project, the school board directed Ellingworth to meet with the teachers union to discuss the stipend for a scoreboard technical director – estimating the cost at $5,000. All of the costs for the project are being covered by community commitments.
In other action, the school board:
• Authorized entering into a contract to purchase STAR reading and math assessments at an estimated cost of $8,000 annually, with an estimated cost of $10,000 to set up the program. This program replaces the NWEA program the district has been utilizing.
• Accepted the resignations of John Siegfried from his position as an RVMS football coach, Emilie Vieth as an RVMS sixth grade teacher and Holly Weilage from her position as school patrol assistant.