By Cathy Lirette
During the April 19 Meramec Valley School Board meeting, board members approved the donation of up to $28,300 to the Randy George Scoreboard Fund.
The money will be added to the $80,400 that was already raised to help pay for the LED scoreboard that costs $108,500.
“It is a good deal for the district to get a scoreboard for that amount,” said Superintendent Ed Hillhouse. “We have enough money in the budget to donate that amount without it affecting anything.”
The donation will give the scoreboard committee the ability to purchase the scoreboard and have it installed at Pacific High School later this year. It is the hope of the district that the board is up and running by the first home football game of the 2017-18 school year.
“The scoreboard is going to be 10 feet taller and wider than the present one,” said PHS Principal Tom Sauvage. “It will also have a video screen in that middle that will have the capability of displaying information. I, myself, plan to run messages about sportsmanship and good conduct.”
He adds that it has also been suggested to run advertising as a way to generate funds for the athletic department.
The current stadium scoreboard, which has been in used since the 1980s, is now rundown and outdated. This was one of the reasons former Superintendent George desired to get a new one.
George passed in July 2016 before his goal was met.
In an effort to see his dream come to fruition, the George family asked that monetary donations be made to the scoreboard fund in lieu of flowers. That money was meet with several other donations from organizations within the community such as the Pacific Sports Club, the Eagles, the Pacific Chamber of Commerce, Silver Games, the Tri County Senior Center and many more. Several local businesses also donated money to help raise the needed funds.
“It has been a true, community-wide effort,” said Hillhouse. “A big thank you goes out to everyone who helped make this possible.”
Now that the full amount has been raised, Bulte Company has been approved as the vendor of the scoreboard. Board construction is expected to take place during the summer.