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‘Memory lane’ gets revamped

By Staff | Nov 22, 2013

Tim Chapman/PCT Pictured is the Rugby High School trophy display.

The Rugby Public School District is planning some changes to be made to its trophy and class composite displays.

In the minutes of the Sept.10, 2013 school board meeting, a plan was noted to have all composites turned electronic and have a kiosk for display. Former Superintendent Jeff Lind’s plan called for taking pictures of each class composite, converting them to a digital format and housing them in a kiosk near the high school commons area. The kiosk project was originally scheduled for after the high school’s remodeling project.

However, Superintendent Mike McNeff said there were some issues with the kiosk project. The digital kiosk would’ve cost about $20,000, not including the need for maintenance. The usage of technology was another issue, especially those wanting to see the composites who don’t know how to use computers. A third issue was the desire to see a physical product.

“People like to see the physical picture, to see the picture hanging up,” McNeff said.

The district changed its plans regarding the project, opting for an outside company to take each class composite and resize them until each are a similar, more uniform size. The district received estimates from Portraits by Misti for the reformatting.

Once the reformatting is completed, which will take place over the summer, the composites will be framed and spaced two-high on the walls of the hallway near the gymnasium. Along with the new trophy cases they will form a memory lane of sorts.

The district also plans to change what kinds of trophies will be displayed in the new cases. The September board minutes mentioned that during the remodel of RHS, Theone Stevenson stored trophies from past years. The plan is to highlight regional, district and state championships in athletics, as well as achievements in fine arts and academics. Depending on the type, there would be trophies from current students, and trophies from the past four to five years.

“There really isn’t going to be a whole lot of difference from what you see,” McNeff said. “It’ll just be updating those trophies and putting ones that may not have been put in there out.”

The cost to the district will be between $15-20,000. The district hopes to have the composite part of the project completed by the fall of 2014.

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