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Work begins for new digital sign

Grad classes saved for part of cost, alum chipped in the balance

May 9, 2016
Special to the Town Crier

Motorists may have noticed some digging on the corner of state Route 170 and Dobbins Road near Poland Seminary High School.

Construction crews are preparing to put in a digital sign that will display school messages and can be easily altered and updated.

The first message might read, "Thank you Donors, for this state-of-the-art new sign!"

The graduating classes of 2013, 2014 and 2015 pledged money saved for the digital sign, but altogether it was about half the $26,000 needed.

Last year's commencement speaker and member of the Bulldog class of '76, Eric Spiegel, promised to donate the rest. Spiegel is president and chief executive officer of Siemens USA, and his donation has now made the difference.

"This new addition is a complete gift," Poland Seminary High School Principal Kevin Snyder said. "It won't cost the taxpayer or the district a penny."

The digital sign will provide an instant opportunity to let the community know what's happening in Poland schools.

The sign will be wireless and remotely controlled.

"That means we can put up the score of a playoff game minutes after it's over, or congratulate scholars who win the latest competition. ...," Snyder said.



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