Each school in Hall County could get digital signs at a cost of $2.5 million, if the Board of Education approves the plan that was presented Jan. 26.
Aaron Turpin, Hall County Schools assistant superintendent of technology, and Matt Cox, the system’s executive director of facilities and construction, proposed erecting digital signs at each school in the system.
So far, Cox said Johnson, East Hall, West Hall, Chestatee and Flowery Branch high schools along with Cherokee Bluff Middle/High School and C.W. Davis Middle School have the current digital sign prototype. Around 30 mores schools would get new signs.
Turpin said the structures would give campuses that ability to effectively communicate what’s happening both districtwide and on school levels. Cox explained the signs would maintain consistency, so people automatically know it’s related to the school system when they see it. He said each would cost $85,000.
“Bringing that digital component forward would be a good thing to do, but if we wait for (other) projects, this is going to take us several years,” Cox said. “I just wanted to bring to the board the possibility to start an initiative to move signs forward at a quicker pace.”
Superintendent Will Schofield advised the board to consider the cost of purchasing districtwide digital signs, which would cost up to $2.5 million, considering the 30 schools that don’t already have one.
“These will wear out in terms of the digital part just like all other technology,” he said. “I’m not saying it's not a wise expenditure, I'm saying it’s a significant expenditure. And, I just ask you to give that some thought, ask some questions, kick some tires and we’ll revisit this issue in the near future.”