A new football season will bring a new scoreboard to the Buffalo High School football field, according to a report from activities director Ryan Mader.

“This past spring, I have been working on securing donations for a new scoreboard at Mike Moon Field at the stadium of Buffalo High School,” Mader wrote in a letter to the school board. “I am excited to report that four local businesses and one private donor are ready to donate towards the complete purchase of that new scoreboard.”

During their June 10 meeting, members of the Johnson County school board approved the purchase of the school’s new scoreboard. The entire $30,000 expense will be covered by community donations, Mader said.

The purchase comes as the high school has struggled with technical issues with its current Nevco-brand scoreboard, Mader said.

“This past fall during the football season, the scoreboard failed during one of the varsity home football games,” Mader wrote. “As a result, the officials finished the game with their own clock. A smaller, portable scoreboard was used during two additional football games at the JV and varsity level while the current scoreboard continued to fail.”

Despite repairs to the existing equipment, Mader said, the time has come to purchase a new scoreboard. The new board will be created by Daktronics of South Dakota and can be used for football, soccer and track and field meets, he said.

“A new scoreboard will allow for specific use of three sports and also provide updated technology for practice and game use,” Mader wrote.

The new scoreboard will be installed in time for the first football game of the season, scheduled for Aug. 31, Mader said.

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