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DALLAS TWP. -- The Dallas School Board continued its discussion about placing a large, business-sponsored digital sign on school property at a regular meeting Monday.

Chad Lojewski said the Dallas Educational Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds for district projects, would purchase the sign for about $40,000 and donate it to the district.

The foundation would then solicit businesses to sponsor the sign, which would provide a continual source of revenue for the foundation to fund more projects within the district.

Lojewski said the owners of land where the current district sign along state Route 309 is located did not want businesses featured on the sign. Lojewski asked the district to allow the sign to be placed on district property.

He also provided the board with a complete proposal and list of parameters for advertising on the sign. Lojewski compared the sign to an athletic team booster club program, in which the advertisements are used for name recognition and not targeted to specific products.

The parameters also stated the district had a right to reject any potential sponsor, though any sponsor deemed inappropriate "would not be approached."

Board member Maureen Matiska said she still wasn't sure about the proposal because she felt "some things cheapen the school."

Solicitor Benjamin Jones III told Lojewski the district policy would have to be updated to include the sign, as the district currently prohibits commercial use of its property.

The board will need to approve two readings of the updated policy before it can move forward with the sign project.

In other business, Dallas Gridiron Club videographer Art Daube told the board the football field in Mountaineer Stadium is "unsafe" for players to practice on.

He said there are patches of rock on the field and coaches had to move play "10 to 20 yards" away from unfit areas.

Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds Mark Kraynack said the players should not be practicing on that field at all.

He said the football team has two practice fields, and the stadium field should be used for games only. Kraynack added that once the players are moved to another field, he believes he can get the stadium field to "what it used to be" by the time the first football game is played.

The board approved salaries and step levels for all district teachers. A complete list of teachers and salaries can be found on www.timesleader.com.

What's next

The next Dallas School Board work session will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 10, and the next regular meeting will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 in the administration building.

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