EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma’s Wantland Stadium will again be home in the fall for Edmond high school football games. What isn’t known is whether thousands of fans will get to enjoy the awe factor of a new video scoreboard.
Members of the school board renewed a contract Monday to rent the stadium for $7,250 per game. That includes 15 home games and subsequent playoff games, if the teams qualify. Superintendent David Goin said the contract had not changed in the past four years.
Edmond North High School, Edmond Santa Fe High School and Edmond Memorial High School play home varsity football games at Wantland. In addition to using the extra parking and seating of Wantland, the schools have used the video scoreboard. That feature shows replays of big plays and other game atmosphere.
Edmond Public Schools Athletic Director Mike Nunley said the schools have paid an extra $900 per game for use of the video scoreboard. That included some eight to nine people from UCO operating the equipment.
Nunley said UCO is in the process of purchasing a new video system. Nunley called the old video system “antiquated” and said it had some technical glitches.
Mike Kirk of UCO confirmed the university is in the process of adding a new video system.
Nunley said he understands the new system will be a technical upgrade, and the district’s use of it, should the school board opt for that, would cost $1,750 per game.
Board members Jamie Underwood and Kathleen Duncan asked Nunley if approval of the contract meant the school was also committing to spending $1,750 for the video system. Nunley said the contract did not. He also informed the board the contract did allow the high schools to use the basic scoreboard.
The exact cost for possible use of a new video scoreboard isn’t known yet, Nunley said.
“I won’t ask the board to approve that until I know more,” he said after the meeting.
Stadium rental is paid by the district’s building fund. Gate receipts last year from football were just under $140,000. In the school board packet, it was noted most of those funds were spent on “no or low-income producing sports.”
In other business Monday, the board accepted a $2.4 million bid from Jenco Construction for expansion work on Frontier Elementary in west Edmond. The school opened last fall with 500 students, school spokeswoman Susan Parks-Schlepp said.
Steve Herron, the district’s construction manager, told the board 16 firms had bid on the work. He said Jenco has also done work in Moore and Del City.
The work will include eight new classrooms, two of which will be safe rooms, along with a health room, a computer lab, restrooms and storage. The project is expected to be completed in August 2015.
The board also recognized and thanked 57 retiring employees with almost 1,500 years of experience. Of the retirees, 39 are teachers.