Groton Area School District could get more exposure with a digital sign that might be placed somewhere along U.S. Highway 12.
Community, city and school events would be displayed on the sign.
Superintendent Laura Schuster said she previously brought the idea up to the school board, but the timing was never right as budgets were being discussed.
"The digital sign is nothing the school initiated," she said.
The digital sign project is a collaboration among the city of Groton, Groton Chamber of Commerce and the school district. It's estimated the sign will cost about $35,000.
"We're checking out what kind of financial partners we can get," said Craig Jondahl, president of the Chamber of Commerce. "There's no set time right now for it to become a reality, but the goal is to have it in place in mid- to late 2013."
Schuster said plans for the digital sign are still in the preliminary stages, but the school district is in favor of the project.
Some private entities have also been interested in helping out, too, she said.
"It'd be a great tool for the entire community if we get it put in place," Jondahl said. "It should enhance the traffic in our community."
There's another project in the works that would upgrade school signage. The school is looking into getting a new football scoreboard, Schuster said.
The scoreboard at Doney Field has been there since 1988.
"It's becoming quite difficult for us to get parts," Schuster said.
A collaborative effort among the school district, the city of Groton and area organizations and businesses helped pay for the scoreboard. At the time, it cost $4,272.58.
"This is a school project, and we're looking to gather sponsorships for the scoreboard," Schuster said.
Details are still being hashed out, but there could be a new scoreboard as soon as the upcoming football season. The current sign lost all of its value almost 15 years ago.
"We've been able to get by with the scoreboard, but we are going to get to a point where we can't repair it anymore," Schuster said. "It will have to replaced sometime in the near future, if not this year."
Schuster is waiting on details from the athletic department as to what type of scoreboard is being considered, how much it will cost and how many sponsors the board would be able to accommodate.
The Daktronics scoreboard, which would also be used at track and field meets, will likely cost more than $70,000.
"When we're looking at the new and old scoreboards, we're comparing an orange and an apple," she said.
Other schools have been making improvements, too:
• A digital sign outside and scoreboard in the gymnasium were installed at Aberdeen Roncalli High School. The digital sign cost about $49,000, and installation was completed in mid-October. Outside fundraising was done to raise money for the projects. The scoreboards, one on each end of the gymnasium, were put up in the revamped Roncalli gym in mid-November. The scoreboards, made by Daktronics, cost $12,500 and included backboard lighting.
• Northwestern Area High School installed a new Daktronics scoreboard in the gymnasium this year. The $49,000 scoreboard was paid for by community fundraising efforts and advertisements, not school district funds. The board is capable of featuring videos and photos.
• New scoreboards just installed at Faulkton High School will be used for the first time at Friday's home basketball game. The two boards were paid for by Northern Plains Cooperative through an advertising agreement. The boards are in the competition gym and cost about $13,000. A marquee sign was installed on school property in October. The school's capital outlay paid for half and the rest was funded through community donations. The marquee cost just more than $40,000.