Alma officials spent the week fine-tuning a state-of-the-art video board that will be placed in the north end. The board, which will be 27 ½ feet high and 40 feet wide, is completely sponsor-driven, Alma Athletics Director Doug Loughridge said.
“First of all, it’s totally driven by the community,” Loughridge said. “There’s not anyone I talked with that didn’t want to be a part of it. It will showcase our activities and sports, and it’s a way to showcase their businesses.
“The sponsors are the full owners.”
“It’s just amazing to have community partners, which is who sponsored this video board to make it possible and not cost the school district a dime,” Alma Superintendent Dr. Bryan Duffie said. “It just shows how supportive our community is for our schools and for our kids.”
Logan Parnell of Lumber One, one of the donors, said the new video board will help the Alma school district compete with schools within the River Valley.
“I think it puts us a step forward to compete in the area,” he said. “It’s going to be crazy to look up there and see live action.”
Loughridge said the board is to be used exclusively as a video board.
“This video board is only going to be used for video,” he said. “The scoreboard isn’t going to be part of it like in a lot of the stadiums you see.”
“To have this type of upgrade, privately funded, is very nice,” Duffie added. “We appreciate it very much.”