MORTON -- Carper Field at Morton High School will be getting a new scoreboard.
School Board members Tuesday voted 4-2 at a special meeting to approve the purchase and installation of a high-tech scoreboard from Greenville-based Nevco for a not-to-exceed cost of $190,000.
The new scoreboard will be installed in the southwest corner of the field and replace the current scoreboard, which is in the eastern end. The current scoreboard was damaged in a November storm, but is usable.
A combination of insurance money, school district reserves and advertising revenue will pay for the new scoreboard, which is expected to be installed in time for the football season this fall.
How advertising revenue will be generated hasn't been determined. The district could do it itself, or work with Nevco.
There will be advertising on the scoreboard and in videos shown on the scoreboard.
Superintendent Jeff Hill said he believes the district will recoup the cost of the scoreboard in five years.
Board members Tom Neeley and Tim Braker voted against the scoreboard purchase after expressing concerns about the cost.
Neeley said he would be more inclined to vote for a new scoreboard in the high school's Potterdome gym because more competitions are held in the gym than at Carper Field.
"Plus, I worry about asking for money from our local businesses again after they've been so generous time after time," he said.
Board members Shad Beaty, David Cross, Bart Rinkenberger and Jeff Schmidgall voted in favor of the scoreboard purchase. Board member Kevin Austin was absent.
Also Tuesday, board members approved the hiring of Matt Oyer as an assistant principal at the high school. His first day will be July 1.
Oyer was a dean at Pekin Community High School the past 4 1/2 years. He previously was a special education teacher at Deer Creek-Mackinaw High School and Georgetowne Middle School in Marquette Heights.
He's a Tremont High School, Illinois Central College and Illinois State University grad who earned a master's degree from Saint Xavier University in Chicago.
Oyer fills the position vacated by Deidre Ripka, who will be the Morton High School principal starting July 1.
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