Written by MICHAEL LoCICERO
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:07
Parent raising money for video equipment close to $20,000 goal
Visitors to the Cedar Grove-Belgium High School gym this winter may be in for quite a surprise.
Dan Weiss, a Cedar Grove-Belgium parent, has raised $20,000 for a projector that could showcase highlights from previous games, advertising during time outs and other events in the gym like graduation and pep rallies.
Weiss and Athletic Director Brad Mayer said at the Oct. 8 School Board meeting that the projector could be used before wrestling meets and volleyball and basketball games.
“I think this is an outstanding idea that could be added to our school,” Mayer said.
Weiss said he needs about $7,500 more to make the screen a reality.
He would like to have it in place by the time winter sports start in November.
Weiss said two projector devices would be stacked on top of each other, hanging from the ceiling of the gym in a cage.
The projector would have to be run by volunteer groups, he said.
“I would be willing to help out when my son plays basketball, but we would have to lean on other clubs for other sports.”
No school district funding would be used for the project, Mayer said.
School Board member Todd Bucher said he was pleased that the projector would be used for more than sports.
“I think if we gave the opportunity to other groups like for band concerts, it sounds great,” he said.
Mayer said he has talked to Dave Claerbaut, the faculty adviser to the high school’s Multimedia Club, about their willingness to help run the projector.
“Dave is excited about what he can do to help,” Mayer said. “They did a fantastic slide show at the homecoming pep rally.
“Who uses it and what clubs might use it for is something we still would need to hammer out.”
High School Principal Josh Ketterhagen applauded Weiss for his efforts, and added that before a projector could be installed, “all questions need to be asked and answered.”