May 22, 2018

Carroll Community School Board members approved a $29,986 bid from the scoreboard installation company MediaQuest Signs Monday night at a school board meeting.

The school board approved the bid from the Cedar Rapids-based company over First Class Signs from Ames, whose bidding price was $30,674.

Rob Cordes, the superintendent of the Carroll Community School District, said both companies have previously installed scoreboards made by Daktronics, the company the school board recently chose to build the scoreboard for Carroll’s new stadium.

The new scoreboard will include a 13-foot video screen, personalized animation control package to customize the screen, two locker room clocks, one clock for the officials’ room, one for the concessions stand and game clocks for both ends of the field.

The scoreboard will cost the Carroll Community School District $284,963 with installation.

The scoreboard is being installed as part of a stadium renovation, but its cost was not included in the roughly $6 million price tag that was presented to voters last year when they approved a property tax bond referendum to pay for the project.

Cordes recommended MediaQuest because its bid was lower — and submitted first, he said.

“I expected it to be a little more than that,” he said. “I expected it to be closer to $30,000-$40,000. I was pretty pleased.”

Cordes said the company will work around the timeline of the stadium renovations, which are expected to be completed by the first week of August.

“We would shoot probably for mid-July, typically,” he said. “Our only concern is that it’s in and ready to go by August.”

In other news, school board members approved an updated position title at Carroll Middle School from dean of students to assistant principal. In addition to the title, the person holding the position also would no longer be required to facilitate the operation of the student center at the middle school.

The current dean of students, Cory Heiman, requested to resign from his position Monday night and be approved as a fifth-grade instructor.

The school board leaders decided to table Heiman’s request until a later meeting.