By Rick Palsgrove
The 20-year-old scoreboard at Groveport Madison High School’s Cruiser Stadium, with its flickering and burned out lights that often leaving spectators wondering what the score is or how much time is left in a game, could soon be replaced.
“The old scoreboard has operational issues and its colors have faded,” said Groveport Madison Treasurer John Walsh. “It could be time for an upgrade.”
On June 28, Walsh presented the Groveport Madison Board of Education with two scoreboard replacement options:
•Purchase a traditional, 14 by 25 foot scoreboard of similar style to the existing scoreboard at a cost of $20,000 to $25,000 (plus installation and wiring costs); or
•Purchase a state-of-the-art, 14 by 48 foot, video scoreboard that would have animation and video capabilities, as well as advertising opportunities, at cost of $65,000 to $70,000 (plus installation and wiring costs).
Walsh said the district has $20,000 available for the project in its permanent improvement fund.
However, he added the district has also actively solicited donations to fund a new scoreboard from community donors. So far, Walsh said the district has a total of $35,000 from two “solid commitments” and a total of $12,500 from three “firm commitments” to donate funds to the scoreboard project.
“We are also in discussion with five other potential donors,” said Walsh.
Walsh said the board must decide at its July 12 meeting which scoreboard option it wishes to pursue in order to have the scoreboard in place by this fall.