(Posted Oct. 15, 2019)
By Linda Dillman, Staff Writer
Bake sales and candy drives only go so far in raising funds for school groups and higher-ticket equipment wish lists, but for Jefferson Local Schools, a quartet of donations is funding a new baseball scoreboard.
On Oct. 14, the school board approved donations from an individual and three businesses totally $12,000 to pay for the electronic scoring device. Richard Haskins donated $2,500; Subway donated $1,500; Bacom Inc. donated $3,000; and IBEW Local Union 71 donated $5,000.
“When a coach (Jason Bogenrife, head varsity baseball coach) can reach out in the community for those kinds of donations, it is a testament to the coach and his staff,” said board President David Harper. “I think it’s the coach’s direction, that he wants to continue the standard of the baseball program. Just look at the team’s success over the last three years, and I think our baseball facility is one of the best in the state of Ohio.”
Superintendent William Mullett said what impresses him, as well, are the overall donations the district receives.
In addition to the $12,000 for the varsity scoreboard, the board accepted: $300 in school and office supplies for Norwood Elementary from an anonymous parent; wrestling gear valued at $700 from the Feucht family; a $150 donation to the mock trial team from Matt Adams; coloring and reading books valued at $125 from Dollar General for Norwood; and $75 in school supplies donated by the Madison County Retired Teachers Association to Norwood.
Board member Jerry Doran said he appreciated the donations for the scoreboard, but with the district on the ballot next month, he wanted to make sure voters know it is not district revenue funding the purchase.
“We gotta get the word out to the public,” stated Doran, “that these are all through donations, because people ask questions. This money was all donated.”