A board of education decision Monday night will mean a new baseball scoreboard and $5,000 a year for the athletics programs at Moffat County High School.
The scoreboard and athletics program support will come from two corporate sponsorships unanimously approved Monday night by the Moffat County School District Board of Education.
One sponsorship will allow three local companies to sponsor a new scoreboard at the high school's baseball field.
The other will continue the high school's exclusive contract with the PepsiCo corporation for the next three years, netting the athletics department $5,000 annually plus a portion of the revenues from soda sales.
The board approved both sponsorships after a brief discussion.
Board President Jo Ann Baxter said after the meeting that the board had discussed the issue of sponsorships at length in the past.
Baxter said she would rather provide the services that the sponsorships pay for without agreements with corporations. But the school couldn't afford the new athletics equipment and continue to spend money on academics without the contracts.
Board member Rod Durham said the sponsorships would pay for repairs that would otherwise be difficult for the district to fund.
"It's a way to repair that kind of equipment without it coming out of capital," he said after the meeting.
The Pepsi contract will pay the district $5,000 annually, all of which will be spent on capital projects for athletics teams, Moffat County Ath--letics Dir--ector Jim Lough--ran said.
In exchange, all of the soda machines at the high school will continue to dispense only Pepsi products.
Moffat County High School Principal Jane Krogman said the Pepsi contract means that all drinks at the high school would cost $1.25.
The student council recommended all drink prices be standardized so students don't choose a soda instead of a healthy drink because the soda is cheaper, Krogman said.
Currently, juice costs $1.25 and soda costs $1, Krogman said.
The money from soft-drink contracts have paid for a variety of capital expenses, Loughran said, including new wrestling mats, a scorers' table and a timing system for track and field.
"It's unbelievable what we've been able to accomplish with this," Loughran said.
The sponsorships of the baseball scoreboard, which total $8,300, will completely pay for a new scoreboard, Loughran said.
The old scoreboard doesn't work, he said.
The three sponsors are Bank of Colorado, Mountain West Insurance and First National Bank of the Rockies. There is room on the scoreboard to sell one more sponsorship, Loughran said, and money from that could be used for any athletic activity.
The School Board met Mon--day night instead of last Thursday because Baxter had to attend a meeting in Denver on Thursday, Superintendent Pete Bergmann said.
Board member Sandy Johns was absent because of illness, so both votes Monday night were 6-0.
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