City BOE moves forward with video scoreboard

Published 12:23 am Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Andalusia Board of Education on Monday agreed to move forward with a video scoreboard for the Andalusia High School stadium.

The scoreboard, expected to cost $175,000, is being sponsored by Mediacom. Specifications shared with board members show that the videoboard, which will be 29 feet in the air, is 24 feet wide and 12 feet tall.

Mediacom is making the contribution to the Public Education Building Authority, the City of Andalusia’s director of planning, Andy Wiggins, told the board. PEBA will in turn purchase the board.

The school system will need to purchase the video cameras and electronics equipment needed to run it, Superintendent Ted Watson said.

Board members said the board is designed with panels for sponsorships, so the system will recoup any expenses it has.

The board also authorized Watson to pursue contracting with someone who has video production experience to run the board and teach students how to do so, working through a mass communications class.

The board also authorized the deconstruction of the maintenance s shop and storage building located adjacent to the stadium. The bus maintenance shop will remain in place, but eventually, buses will be stored at the old middle school.

The board discussed, but took no action, on several other items related to construction at the stadium and auditorium.