Schools hope for new scoreboard

COVINGTON - The Newton County Board of Education is considering the addition of a new scoreboard at Sharp Stadium as part of the project to improve the facility.

Administrators from all three Newton County high schools asked that the board purchase a large video scoreboard that could cost between $115,000 and $150,000. If purchased, it would be included in the SPLOST-funded project budget for stadium renovations.

Chris Haymore, assistant principal at Alcovy High School, said athletic directors and administrators from all three high schools met to discuss the possibilities of adding a new scoreboard to the stadium, which all three high schools share for football games and some other events.

Haymore said they determined that an electronic video scoreboard would allow each school to display its individual school colors and sponsors during games, enhance the atmosphere of the game, allow schools to recognize students and provide educational opportunities and live feeds during the game, among other multiple uses.

"It would be an advantage for these students," Haymore told the board.

He also said it would allow the athletic department, which is self-supporting, to seek a more aggressive advertising campaign.

School board member Johnny Smith suggested that the schools also approach Coca-Cola, which at one time gifted scoreboards in exchange for advertising.

Board Chairwoman C.C. Bates said the board will take the proposal into consideration when planning the next steps in the stadium renovation project.

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.