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As baseball, softball season begins, Metro School Board approves new scoreboards

This artist drawing represents what the proposed new baseball and softball scoreboards at MCHS could look like. The Metro School Board approved moving forward with the project last Monday night. (Art Provided)

SPORTS — Moore County High School and Moore County Middle School baseball and softball teams kick off their seasons this week and as anyone who likes to attend their games can tell you: the scores are often hard to read.

That’s about to change, thanks to Director of Schools Chad Moorehead and the Metro School Board. The board voted unanimously last Monday to approve spending to purchase new scoreboards for both the softball and the baseball fields.

“The current scoreboards function but they are very old,” Director Moorehead explained to the board. “So they elected to raise the funds to buy it.”

Last August, the scoreboard at Doug Price Field died just before football season. Funds from the football boosters paid for the new scoreboard.

“They wanted a specific one,” Director Chad Moorehead explained to the school board.

The MCHS Gym scoreboards were replaced as part of the recent school renovation project, which included adding a larger capacity gym.

According to Director Moorehead, if approved, he would use the last of the renovation bond and some from the general purpose budget to purchase two identical scoreboards: one for the girl’s softball field and one for the baseball field.

School Board member Jamie Cashion asked what would happen if either the softball team or the baseball team wanted a specific score board like the football program.

“They could fundraise just like the Raider football boosters did,” Director Moorehead answered.

Board member Nathan Buchanan stressed that the money the school system spent between the boys and girls teams “needs to be very similar if not identical.”

Moorehead told the board that he has already secured a $12,500 per scoreboard bid but would like the latitude to approve the “lowest and best bid.”

Nathan Buchanan made the motion and Greg Thompson seconded it. The motion passed unanimously. •

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