Beatrice Public Schools Moving Forward on Digital Video Board, Bus Projects

BEATRICE – The Beatrice High School O-Zone gym could be sporting a digital video board, if the school board goes along with a plan to install one and help pay for it with sponsorships.

Superintendent Jason Alexander said last night the district is investigating acquiring a six-by-six-by-ten-foot digital video board on the south wall of the O-Zone.  The project would include an upgraded sound system in the gym.  It also provides sponsorship space on the lower part of the board.

:25                  “help supplement that”

Taken together, the digital video board, sound system and installation would cost about $95,500, but installation cost could be waived, if an agreement is signed prior to January 31st.

Alexander says a five-year lease-purchase program is expected to require an annual lease payment of about $20,000.  School Board members saw a brief video description of what the video board would feature, during their monthly meeting Monday night.

Alexander says the video board presents a marketing opportunity for the district.

:17                  “when they come in”

The board could also be used for school activities or community programs, other than only athletics.  As for sponsorship, Alexander says the district’s intent would be to allow as much sponsorship participation as possible, without hindering the visual aspects of the video board.

:15                  “to pursue this”

The school board could act on the plan, at a meeting in December.  The district is meeting with two companies that provide the video boards.  Alexander says operation of the video board could become a student credit learning tool in digital media display.

This past year, Beatrice Public Schools began reserving limited business sponsorship space on the O-Zone gym floor.

Beatrice Public Schools officials are also working toward acquiring a new bus that could be used to haul sports teams, the band, choir and other activities organizations to out-of-town competitions.

The district is getting a $42,000 grant from a legal settlement to help pay for the vehicle.   Alexander says the district is close to deciding what type and style of bus to acquire.

Quotes for buses were issued to the board last night, from two companies.  One of the companies will bring an example of a bus the district might consider, to a committee meeting of the school board next week.

:39                  “to continue to maintain”

Alexander says other forms of funding assistance for purchase of a bus are being sought.  He says the district has the ability to upgrade to a more comfortable bus for students involved in activities, who spend a considerable amount of travel time aboard a bus.

A board decision on bus acquisition is expected in December.

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