Bronaugh unveils new scoreboards in gym

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Michael and Kellene Millman are joined by Shane Clinton (left) of Legacy Farm and Lawn for the unveiling of Bronaugh's new scoreboards, Thursday evening in the Bronaugh Gym. Michael Millman's donation was in honor of his late mother, Beverly, whose name is featured on the scoreboard (in background). Matt Resnick/Daily Mail

Nevada Daily Mail

Prior to Thursday's regular monthly meeting, the Bronaugh R-7 Board of Education unveiled the new scoreboards. The presentation was attended by some of the donors, including representatives of MFA Oil as well as Michael and Kellene Millman. Michael Millman, a Bronaugh alum, said his donation was made in part too honor his late mother, Beverly. Donor Shane Clinton of Legacy Farm and Lawn was also present for the festivities.

Bronaugh Principal James Frank said fundraising for the new scoreboards began late last year. Frank said the fundraising efforts exceeded expectations, as the school raised $13,830, with the cost being invoiced at $7,466.86. The specific dollar amount from each individual donor was not made available.

Bronaugh teacher Monica Linn is presented a check and certificate by Kevin Buckstead, a member of MFA Oil's state board for the west central Missouri district. Also pictured, from left to right: Jack Wallace, an MFA local delegate; and Andy Hays an MFA plant manager. Matt Resnick/Daily Mail

"I think it's a big thing, as the gym is the most visible area of the school for the most part," Frank said Monday. "I think it's a good sign for our community and our school that people care enough to donate."

The scoreboards were purchased from Varsity Scoreboards in Tennessee and are on the gym's east and west wall. Board member Chris Baker said the scoreboards should be a plus for the community.

"Our sports program is one the things that the district patrons really seem to take a lot of pride in," he said. "And I think they're going to be encouraged by them."

Baker said the school hasn't had fully functioning scoreboards in quite some time.

"Some of the things we just simply couldn't fix anymore," Baker said if the now replaced scoreboards. "I think it was an issue of not even being able to find the correct parts for it.

"I know any time we used them, on one scoreboard the clock didn't work right. And then on the opposite scoreboard some of the score lights didn't work right. So you kind of had to look at both boards to know what the accurate score was and what the time was."

Baker said he was impressed with the fundraising efforts and by those who donated.

"There were very generous donations throughout the community from individuals to businesses," he said.

In a May 27 press release the MFA Oil Foundation stated it had "awarded a grant to Bronaugh Athletics Booster Club to be applied toward the cost of a new scoreboard."

Also in the release, MFA Oil President and CEO Mark Fenner "described the MFA Oil Foundation as a program that allows our company to give support back to the rural communities that are the foundation of our business. The grants the Foundation awards to help support many youth programs and organizations active in addressing and solving community problems and improving the quality of life."

In other business:

The board adjourned into a closed session to discuss non-certified personnel, and students.

* Gail Shaw was offered a contract as district bookkeeper.

* Shelli McGrath resigned as 7-12 English teacher.

* Jessica Kuder (currently HS secretary) was offered position as long-term English substitute.

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