By Will Nations
All towns have public figures. In West Point, Chris Chambless is considered by many to be one of those figures as athletic director and head football coach at West Point High School.
Chambless, the WPHS football head coach since 2006, addressed the West Point Rotary Club about ongoing projects and news about Green Wave athletics Thursday at the Ritz Theater. The main focus of the talk centered on the new scoreboard that will be erected at McAllister Field at WPHS.
â€śWe have seen a lot of people not attending the games, and ticket sales have been down the past couple of years,â€ť Chambless said. â€śWe want to create an atmosphere that will excite our fan base with this new scoreboard and video screen.
â€śThe scoreboard will also have room for ads through the support of the community so it will not cost the school district a dime,â€ť Chambless added.
The West Point School District board approved the expenditure of the new $179,119 scoreboard, which includes a video screen, two play clocks and locker room clocks, at its meeting June 9.
WPSD Business Manager Susan Cothren said in a previous interview that the current scoreboard was in dire need of replacing.
â€śWe have to have a new scoreboard,â€ť Cothren said. â€śThe old one has been there since 2001, and is holding together by a string and a thread to the point that we have major issues with it every season.â€ť
The scoreboardâ€™s entire structure will be 27 feet high and 32 feet wide, and the video screen will be 9 feet, 6 inches by 16 feet, 9 inches. Chambless said the option was the most affordable though it is not the biggest or smallest.
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