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Bertram Field in Salem getting new scoreboard

Posted by Ryan Mooney  October 4, 2012 12:05 PM

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The scoreboard at Bertram Field, home of the Salem High football team, is expected to be replaced sometime in the next two weeks.

The Salem School Committee accepted a donation from the Salem High School classes of 2006 and 2007 this week to replace the rundown, outdated scoreboard that has stood behind the far end zone at Bertram Field for about 25 years.

The new scoreboard is only a temporary replacement, according to Salem High Athletic Director Scott Connolly. The alumni donated a total of $3,858.75 for its purchase, and Connolly expects it to arrive sometime in the next two weeks.

The current scoreboard still works, but only sporadically, and any football game could be its last. The new scoreboard is a little smaller, about 10-feet wide by 5-feet high.

"We needed a new one, and we needed a new one relatively quickly," Connolly said.

The long-term goal, according to Connolly, is to acquire a state-of-the-art, wireless scoreboard, and put the board donated by the former high school classes at the junior varsity field. But the type of scoreboards Connolly is eyeing for the future cost about $10,000 to $12,000 and take about three months to build and ship.

Superintendent Dr. Stephen Russell expressed his gratitude for the actions of the city's former students. He said the money came from class reunion funds.

"Many of our senior classes after they graduate usually have a balance in their accounts, and they have historically used that balance for reunions and mailings and things like that," Russell explained. "And these students from the Classes of 2006-07 had taken some of the money they had in their reunion funds and pledged it toward the purchase of a new scoreboard.

"I thought it was very generous of them."

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