By Kristin Fox
At the November meeting of the Jackson County School Board, school officials voted unanimously to have digital signs installed at Smoky Mountain High School. Major Display, Inc. of Franklin will construct the signs at a cost of $58,048.00.
Two new digital signs will be constructed and installed at both entrances to the high school. The signs will have a LED video mounted on concrete footer covered with faux brick graphics. Costs include $1,250 for consulting, design services and permitting; $48,640 for two 10mm LED displays; $9,230 for architectural and structural installation of sign; $698 for cloud hosted LED content management system and additional device. The subscription to the cloud content management service will be renewed annually at a cost of $499.
SMHS students and parents raised $16,828.14 for the sign project. Capital funding of $20,000 was used to help pay for the signs; SMHS rolled over $10,000 of their capital funding from last year to this year. The remaining amount to pay for the signs of $21,219.86 was taken from local discretionary funding.
School board member Dr. Lynn Dillard told the board the Blue Ridge Early College also does not have a digital sign. There is currently a sign at Blue Ridge for the K-12 school; Dillard was told that the school system had talked to Major Design about modifying existing sign at Blue Ridge to indicate both schools are located on the property.