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School district shares new electronic reader board with community

The school’s new digital reader board looks sharp and crisp against the Oakridge skies.

By GEORGE CUSTER/Editor  —  it seemed as though the school district’s old reader board that stood at the corner of Crescent and 1st Street would one day topple over from rust and disuse. That didn’t happen. Instead, the old man was replaced by a new electronic, LED lit, display board across the street. The monument sign will be getting a new lease on life, as well.

The new electronic board, that has been seen to announce community as well as school events, did not magically appear.

Years in the planning

Many of you have likely seen the beautiful new digital reader board that is the result of years of planning and weeks of hard work by several staff and community members, led by Superintendent Dave McGrath.

According to the Superintendent, “This new sign will be used to update and communicate school district news and events. The school district also uses Facebook (search Oakridge School District) and Instagram (@oakridge.highschool) and are investigating improved ways to reach our parents and community via text.” McGrath continued, “Look for more information in the coming months about opportunities to provide input on how to best reach you.”

New life for an old sign

The old monument reader board will be updated soon with a new face. Herald photo

As far as the old monument board goes, Ed Mooneyhan is working with his woodworking students to design and construct something to fill the space. Something simple. like, “Oakridge High School” on a routed board. Still working on the design.

We are still working on how best to utilize the board. We are working with Mariah from Oakridge Air on helpful hints. She has some experience with the board.

Look for the new softball field’s electronic scoreboard and sign that’s coming soon!

The superintendent informed me that both the reader board and the scoreboard were paid for with the school district’s General Fund dollars. As for extras, they did have to run additional circuits to the reader board that they weren’t aware of. Plus, they have been experiencing issues with finding a way to dig the holes for the support beams for the scoreboard at the WAC softball field. The river rock they’re running into has been posing problems. However, I’m told, the team is engineering a solution to that.

McGrath further explained “As of last week, the excavation of the hole for the footing is being done on Wednesday, the 27th, by Damian brewer, owner of On Top Construction. On the 28th ES&A Signs from Eugene will place rebar cage and pour the footing for the supports for the scoreboard. The concrete will cure for two weeks. Then ES&A will come back and install the sign. Previous to this, Tony Hammock, our facilities guy here in the district, worked with On Top Construction and Scofield Electric to trench, lay conduit and install the necessary electrical connections.”
“Not only is it a scoreboard,” McGrath reiterated, ” but it will also have a message board at the top which will be utilized to provide timely updates. I know Oakridge Air is excited to have access to publicize burn day status updates.”
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