Getting into the main entrance of Elgin High School will soon be much easier for people with mobility issues.

The walkway leading into the front of Elgin High School is being replaced, and work is set to be finished by the end of this week, said School District Superintendent Dianne Greif.

Features of the new concrete entryway will include side entrances that will reduce the slope for those using wheelchairs to move onto the walkway.

The new entryway will be an improvement over the existing one.

“The sidewalk was old and pitted. It was not safe,” Greif told the Elgin School Board Monday night.

The superintendent said the old walkway was particularly hard to walk on in the winter and in wet conditions. This concerned her because many people with mobility issues come to the high school in the winter to attend sporting events.

The addition of a new scoreboard at Elgin High School’s football field was also discussed at Monday’s meeting. Installation of the scoreboard was completed a week ago. The scoreboard was purchased with funding donated by Pepsi, Les Schwab, Boise Cascade and Loveland Funeral Chapel.

Greif said the electrical work for the scoreboard was done by Oregon Trail Electric Co-op, whose staff worked free of charge. OTEC also did posthole drilling for the project, digging two 10-feet-deep holes. Greif said that without the help of OTEC and the four major sponsors, the school district would not have been able to purchase and install the scoreboard.

“The cost would have been huge,” she said.

The old scoreboard frequently experienced electrical problems. Elgin High School football coach Jeff Rysdam said that sometimes during games the visitors’ half of the scoreboard would go out, briefly disrupting games.

The old scoreboard was about 25 years old, he said, and had outlived its usefulness.

“This is a big upgrade,” Rysdam said.

The superintendent also discussed plans for the addition of an electronic reader board in front of Stella Mayfield Elementary School. Greif said work on the installation of the reader board will begin soon and that it should be up in about a month. Money for the reader board, which cost approximately $9,000, was raised by Stella Mayfield students during a jog-a-thon.

The reader board, which will display information about upcoming events, will be installed near Stella Mayfield’s main entrance.

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