New electronic sign for Albion school district should be ready later this month

Provided by Albion school district: This rendering shows a new electronic sign that should be ready in late April.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 April 2022 at 10:28 am

ALBION – The school district has removed a manual sign along Route 31 that promotes school events. That sign near the tennis courts had become unusable, said Mickey Edwards, the district superintendent.

“The foundation was loose and we are unable to open either side to change the lettering without it breaking,” he said. “This is why the message on our old sign hardly ever changed.”

The district is working with Toth’s Sports to install a Daktonics message display system. The foundation is in and the installation date for the sign is scheduled for April 25.

“We feel this new sign will be extremely beneficial to the community as it can be updated daily to keep our community informed at all times,” Edwards said.

The sign is about 10 feet wide with columns another 2 feet. The sign will be about 10 feet high in brick to match the high school.

The district is using American Rescue Plan Act funds to cover the cost of $85,870 sign, which includes removal of the old sign and bushes.

File photo by Tom Rivers: Larry Gaylord, who is now retired as a member of the Building and Grounds Department for Albion Central School, changes the manual sign on Feb. 21, 2017 for the school, advertising a basketball game between faculty and state troopers.