Shawnee Mission School District considering video scoreboards at all high schools after successful venture at SM East

SM East installed a video scoreboard in its gym last winter.
SM East installed a video scoreboard in its gym last winter.

Impressed with the success of the new video scoreboard that debuted last winter at SM East, district officials are considering adding similar scoreboards at all its high schools.

Richard Kramer, district athletic director, said a request for proposals is being prepared to determine the cost of installing video scoreboards in the other high school gyms.

The SM East scoreboards cost roughly $75,000 and were paid for privately by the The East Fund. If the proposal for additional video scoreboards moves forward, they would be funded by the district.

“Were exploring the possibility of doing that in other high schools and we just started working on an RFP,” Kramer said. “I don’t anticipate anything happening quickly.

“They’re not cheap and that’s a lot of money when there are other needs. We’re meeting with the athletic directors and school administrators to discuss the idea.”

As has been the experience at SM East, Kramer said the video scoreboards could be an opportunity for students in art, radio, television and journalism classes at their schools to prepare programming for the boards.

They also could earn money through selling video advertising. An estimated 45,000 people visit the SM East gym during the 2014-15 school year and backers of the video scoreboards estimate the cost will be recouped by advertising in a few years.

Kramer said if the idea moves forward, the district wants to select a common scoreboard vendor to standardize their use and warranties.

The SM East scoreboard was supplied by Daktronics, one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of video scoreboard for sports facilities.