2016-09-16 / Schools

Elementary campuses to get marquee boards

New electronic message boards will soon be going up in front of five elementary schools in the Simi Valley Unified School District.

Costing a total of $250,000, the new marquees will be installed at Berylwood, Madera, Parkview, Santa Susana and Wood Ranch elementary schools

The five campuses will be the first elementary schools in the district to get the electronic marquees. The long-range plan is to install them at the district’s 13 other elementary schools, officials said. “These are the first. Once they’re installed, we’ll be able to determine the true cost of installing them, the way they should be mounted. Then we can go forward,” said Ron Todo, assistant superintendent of business and finance.

Simi Valley, Royal and Santa Susana high schools, as well as Sinaloa Middle School, already have electronic marquees. The schools use the message boards primarily for announcing upcoming sporting matches and other big events.

Todo said the marquees at the elementary schools could relay important messages to parents, like the dates for parent-teacher conferences.

The marquees are still being designed. No date is scheduled yet for their installation, he said.

The district’s board of trustees approved the funding for the message boards Sept. 6.

They will be funded through SVUSD’s 2004 Measure C4 school improvement bond or the general fund, Todo said.

Hector Gonzalez

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