One of the intriguing aspects of living in western Nevada County is the clueless behavior exhibited by our so-called movers-and-shakers on a regular basis, quite a change from the smooth operators you generally encounter in the Bay Area.
The latest example occurred October 21, when Nevada Union unveiled its new state-of-the art scoreboard at the last home game of the season. It is a sight to behold, 9 by 16 feet of modern technology featuring a video screen that can live steam games and run ads.
The project, several years in the making, cost over $234,000–money largely raised by the school’s sports boosters. Everybody seems suitably impressed, including Supervisor Dan Miller, who does commentary on Miner football games for KNCO. But then Miller seems to be easily impressed.
Normally, this would be a cause for celebration instead of second guessing, but the scoreboard’s debut came less than three weeks before voters will be asked to approve a $47 million bond issue to repair and renovate the high school district’s buildings.
We are told this money is needed to repair leaking roofs and replace ancient pipes that put staff and students at risk. But the district kicked in over $44,000 for the scoreboard–“facilities use funds,” as they’re called. Presumably, that money could have been used to repair a roof or replace a pipe.
Regardless of how the school district spins this project–it’s also a learning tool for students interested in digital communications, we’re told–the contrast between this glitzy new accessory and the grim picture of the school facilities painted by officials creates a tempting opportunity for critics to question priorities.
The unveiling–on a rainy night at the end of another dismal football season–couldn’t wait? Truly clueless in western Nevada County.
EXPENSIVE GRASS: Among the projects proposed in the bond issue is a $784,000 item for an all-weather synthetic turf field at Hooper Stadium, to replace a 10-year-old surface that cost $400,000–money raised by boosters. As the district puts it, the current field may have “possible cancer issues.” Didn’t anybody at the district vet the original installation?
(Photo credit: The Union)