MAPLE PARK – Kaneland High School will have two, state-of-the-art scoreboards hung in time for the winter basketball season.
During the District 302 board meeting June 25, the board accepted the donation of the scoreboards from Steven and Nancy Henrikson. The scoreboards are worth about $85,000.
The timing coincides with a new floor and lower level bleachers already being installed in the east gym this summer.
The new scoreboards won’t be used only for athletic contests, but also for assemblies and other functions at the high school.
“One feature that we’re most excited about is a video board, which will show players and fun clips,” said Dr. Julie-Ann Fuchs, associate superintendent. “Another thing it allows us to do is put up advertising, so it will give the Sports Boosters other ways to raise additional revenue.”
The donation is accompanied by one obstacle: the requirement of electrical upgrades to accommodate the new technology.
Fuchs said that quotes obtained from electrical contractors range between $18,000 to $24,000 for installation of the new scoreboards. The district also will need a permit from the Regional Office of Education to complete the upgrades, which will require an architect or engineer’s assistance and add up to about $6,500 to $7,000.
The donation from the Henriksons will be recognized with signage beneath the two scoreboards with Steven and Nancy’s names. Steven, a 1975 Kaneland graduate, is the Knights’ first state champion in wrestling. He brought the Class A 126-pound title back to Maple Park in 1974.
The current scoreboards will find a new home at Kaneland Middle School – Meredith, which will use them for volleyball and basketball games as well as a variety of other athletic practices and events. The estimated cost to have them removed, rewired and installed at Meredith is $2,000.
In another move, the board approved the resignation of assistant boys basketball coach Ryan Gierke. The school’s former head boys basketball coach, Joe Conroy, stepped down in April. No information has been provided about a new coach at this time, although the athletic department is in transition with David Rohlman replacing Peter Goff as athletic director on July 1.