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Jumbotrons on Huntsville school board agenda

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Money for the display screens is reportedly earmarked from a technology fund (Source: WAFF) Money for the display screens is reportedly earmarked from a technology fund (Source: WAFF)
Huntsville, AL -

Thursday night, Huntsville City Schools will unveil plans at the school board meeting for new Jumbotron display screens at three high schools.

According to the meeting's agenda, engineering along will cost more than $48,000. A district spokesperson said the screens are earmarked for gyms at Lee, Columbia, and Huntsville High Schools. The total cost for the additions is expected to be addressed at the meeting.

According to the school district's website, the state's minimum salary for a new teacher is $36,000 a year. We asked why the district isn't spending this money on new teachers or educational programs instead.

The district spokesperson said the money going towards the Jumbotrons are marked for technology upgrades as part of an ongoing, long-term plan. The spokesperson said this same plan is why $3-million was invested into Milton Frank Stadium for a new scoreboard and field turf a few years ago.

"The technology is certainly trying to keep pace with what the resources are; that we can deliver the needed things for both the students and staff and the community that would be at these venues," said Communications Director Keith Ward.

Thursday's meeting will be the first time the public will have the opportunity to address the school board since a federal judge issued an order for the district to enter mediation with the Department of Justice over a desegregation order.

WAFF will have a crew watching what is expected to be a packed meeting. Look for updates online and on WAFF 48 News.

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