Could the recently announced scoreboard/video display that will be installed at the Independence’s School District Football Field be susceptible to vandalism?
The Independence Board of Education accepted a bid from Toshiba June 10 for a new 10-by-17-foot screen that is to be placed at the district’s athletic field adjacent to William Chrisman High School, 1223 N. Noland Road, before the start of the 2014 high school football season. The screen, capable of playing pre-recorded video clips, cost $148,412, Superintendent Dale Herl told the board. He added that donations and sponsorships will cover the cost of the screen.
But given a rash of vandalism recently at Cable-Dahmer Chevrolet on Noland Road that resulted in more than a $100,000 worth of damage and an arsonist's destruction of playground equipment at Bundschu Park, 11400 E. Ninth Street in Independence, May 12, is there concern that the new scoreboard could attract vandals?
The district is not drawing a connection between the recent string of property damage happening throughout Independence and the yet-to-be installed screen, wrote the district’s Director of Public Relations Nancy Lewis. However, security measures have already been put in place at all of the schools.
“Included in those security measures are high resolution cameras already in place that capture any activity on the football field,” Lewis wrote.
She added that although the district has “secured several sponsors,” to help pay for the screen, but it does not want to share the names of the sponsors until “we have them all confirmed.”