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Plainfield D-202 board approves stadium video displays

Displays will be a revenue source, district officials say

PLAINFIELD – The Plainfield District 202 Board of Education approved the purchase and installation of video display boards for all four high school stadiums. 

At Monday’s board meeting, board member Heather Drake questioned the estimated cost of the proposal, which is $583,600 to be paid for by construction funds. 

“I’m struggling to spend that much money when you can get a electronic scoreboard that isn’t video for $9,000 or less. I guess I need more information as to why we feel the need for the video portion of it,” she said. 

Board Vice President Greg Nichols and Superintendent Lane Abrell noted the video display boards will be a source of revenue. Abrell said each display board could generate an estimated $40,000 a year through advertising. 

“I think there is certainly a lot that can go into it to make a revenue enhancer,” Abrell said.

He said the maintenance for them would be none and the advertising is computer-based. Board member William Slabich said sections of the screens can be replaced if damaged instead of the whole screen. The board unanimously approved the proposal. 

The Daktronics video displays would come from Shorewood-based Express Signs & Lighting Maintenance. 

The purchasing would be through the Intergovernmental Cooperative Agreement Purchasing Network, which District 202 has been a member of since April 11, according the proposal from Paul Gonzalez, the district’s facilities director.

Gonzalez wrote that the displays would bring opportunities for game replays, feature other school activities, groups and clubs, as well as sponsorship. 

In a letter to Gonzalez, Eddie Hartsell, of Express Signs & Lighting Maintenance, wrote there would be a full one-year warranty and an additional four-year warranty for parts only from Daktronics. 

Personnel changes

The board approved appointing Michelle Imbordino as the principal of Liberty Elementary School for the upcoming school year. 

She served as the assistant principal at Eichelberger Elementary School since 2012 and first came to District 202 as a first grade teacher for Freedom Elementary School, according to a District 202 news release. 

Wesmere Elementary School Assistant Principal Kristen Salgado will replace Imbordino at Eichelberger. 

The board also approved appoint Roxanne Ross as elementary special education administrator next school year. Ross will replace Christy Ernst, who is retiring in June, district officials said.

Ross has served since 2012 as principal for Proviso Area for Exceptional Children special education cooperative in Maywood. 

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