(Seguin) -- The Seguin ISD Board of Trustees will wait to see if it will return or install the secondary video board at Matador Stadium. Trustees on Tuesday night decided to table the issue after receiving new cost numbers associated with returning the product. Plus, trustees wanted to further seek installation options and usage if the district decided to keep it.
The issue was originally brought up by District 7 Trustee Elaina Reihl. Reihl says she had heard concerns from some members of the Sports Booster Club, who felt that it might negatively impact its concession stand revenue at Matador Stadium. At least one of the club's board officers, Laura Rivers, spoke publicly Tuesday about how she felt that the video board would impact the organization’s ability to raise money for the various sports they support throughout the district. Rivers said that fans might not be as hungry since they would have the opportunity to tailgate in the parking lot prior to the game utilizing the video board for pre-game entertainment.
Upon ordering the 10 foot tall, and 20 foot wide digital screen, it was suggested by fomer Superintendent Stetson Roane that it be installed in the football stadium parking lot and dubbed as a tailgating board. The secondary video screen was part of the $1.3 million Jumbotron package supported by Roane. The larger video board, or Jumbotron, currently sits on the north end of the football stadium.
According to Tony Hillberg, the district's chief financial officer, officials with Nevco, the electronic board company, have spelled out the cost analysis for returning the secondary video board. The original cost of the product plus installation and freight totaled $219,286.
"As explained by Nevco, they will give you a credit of 50 percent of the cost of the product, which is $89,473. They will not charge you the installation fee of $37,340. You've already incurred the cost of the freight and they're not going to give that back. They are willing to give you a credit, if you will, of $126,813 should you choose to return the unit. Of that, you have not paid $100,000. Therefore, should the board decide to return the secondary video screen, you will not be charged the additional $100,000, and you will ultimately receive the check from Nevco for $26,813. They're going to charge a restocking fee of $90,000 and we've already paid for the unit," said Hillberg.
Trustees say when they meet again, they also hope to dish out options in regards to its possible installation, or return. If it's returned, Reihl stated that she felt any funds coming back to the district should go back into the classrooms. But District 4 Trustee John Holt thinks the district should keep it. Holt felt that it would boost the stadium's camaraderie before games and would help upgrade the stadium especially with the anticipated construction of new ticket booths and concession stand. Plus he stated that it would be a nice upgrade next door to the new Seguin High School campus.
Trustees later this month are expected to return with suggestions and final thoughts on what to do with the additional video board currently being stored in the Seguin ISD.