When high school football season opens this coming fall, Shawnee Mission fans will notice some prominent new installations at the edge of the endzones.
The district will be installing new modern scoreboards at the south end of both the Shawnee Mission North and Shawnee Mission South District Stadiums, a move that administrators say will both improve the experience for fans, but also provide a valuable training opportunity for students.
Both scoreboards will feature large video displays, which the student production teams from every school will be charged with programming.
“Video boards seem to be pretty much becoming commonplace as you replace them,” said Richard Kramer, the district’s director of athletics and student activities. “The goal there is to [have students from the home team school] really run the video boards when they have a home game.”
Kramer said the administration envisions creating a pipeline of multimedia production students who will begin learning how to produce content for the scoreboards and manage the in-game operations starting as sophomores, and then take over leadership of the in-game production as seniors “so you’ll always have a group that’s been trained on how to run things.”
Kramer said the scoreboards were part of Superintendent Jim Hinson’s vision for creating an environment where district facilities were a draw for families.
“Facilities are critical,” Kramer said. “As people shop for schools and school districts, facilities play a major role as well as those programs. I think it’s going to be a great enhancement. I think when it goes up, everybody will go ‘Wow.'”
Current installation timelines call for both new scoreboards to be operational for the start of the next school year, but construction delays could affect the project completion date.