Braham in search of funds for new scoreboard

Braham Area High School plans to replace its scoreboards in the varsity gyms by fall.

Activities director Tim Malone said the new boards will cost at least $16,000, and he’s hoping to raise funds from alumni.

The boards are more than 20 years old, said Malone in a Braham School Board meeting Monday. They are an older model that uses sockets and light bulbs, which can no longer be replaced.

“The condition that they’re in right now is absolutely the best they can be, and it’s just going to deteriorate from there,” Malone said.

The board responded in agreement and gave the go-ahead to fund raise.

“Something needs to be done,” said School Board Chair Steven Eklund. “Home court advantage is one thing, but when you look up and you’re not quite sure who’s ahead because the bulbs are burnt out, that’s not a home court advantage.”

Malone has budgeted some funds from the budget in anticipation of purchasing a board, but added he’ll need additional funding.

He’s been in touch with Tim Nelson, from the BAHS Alumni Group, in search of funds. The board could cost anywhere from $16,000 to more than $25,000 depending on the features, said Malone. It would be used for the volleyball and wrestling teams.

Malone said in a phone interview Tuesday he’s leaning more toward the $16,000 board, which would be fully functional. The newer boards have LED bulbs, so it will be more energy efficient and individual lights won’t burn out.

Malone hopes to raise at least 75 percent of the costs through fundraising. Alumni that wish to donate can contact him at 320-369-5209 or [email protected]

In other news:

  • Braham Area Schools received a total of $6,825 in donations of items or cash for various project including vocational education, Future Farmers of America scholarships, the super mileage car project and the golf team.
  • Braham will now offer extended day programs to parents. There will be a program for 4- and 5-year-olds that will be from 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. There will also be a program for 3- and 4-year-olds from 9-11:30 a.m. and from 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Cheryl Arnold, who presented the information to the board, said the options give parents more flexibility.
  • The Braham chapter of the FFA got their charter signed from the state Capitol.
  • The BAHS choir concert will be May 2 during the school day instead of May 12.
  • The board accepted resignations from William Broderius, Craig Kotsmith, Juanita Worthley, Kendell Proell, Joe Rajkowski and Judy Moravec.
  • The board accepted employment recommendations from Amber Hoffman, Deb Thompson, Hydie Hecht and Stephanie Hamilton.
  • Pamela Eklund, who has been teaching since September 1989, will retire at the end of the 2013-2014 school year.
  • The preliminary budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year was accepted unanimously, with a total general fund revenue of $8,121,757 and expenditures of $8,371,905.
  • The district elementary principal will continue to serve as a Local Education Agency representative.
  • The board approved a 1:1 Initiative after two community meetings and two staff meetings. The district will purchase or lease Chromebooks for sixth- and seventh-grade students and allow a “bring your own device” initiative for eighth- to 12th-grade students, with additional support of two Chromebook carts. District iPads will be for elementary curriculum from kindergarten to fifth grade.