NITRO, W.Va. -- Nitro Elementary School will soon have a new, electronic marquee sign thanks to Principal Michael Pack and parents Christy Wageman and Sherry Boggs.
Tuesday night, Wageman told city council that Nitro Elementary has an "immediate need" for a new marquee sign. He said the current sign has become a hazard because it is "barely standing" and the hinges are rusting off.
Wageman and Boggs spent the last six weeks asking local businesses for donations and organizing a five fundraisers to purchase the state-of-the art sign. So far, they've managed to raise $6,000 of the $11,863 needed.
"I know that's a lot of money for a sign;" Wageman said, "however, hopefully it will be there 30, 40, 50 years from now."
Pack told council the sign would help the school tremendously by providing a more effective way to notify parents of PTO meetings and early-out days.
Wageman told council that the marquee could also be used to post community events because it will be located next to city hall.
He estimates that after the fundraising is complete they will still be $4,000 short of raising the money needed to pay for the sign, which they hope to have in place by August.
Council members agreed the city would pay for the remainder of the cost.
Councilman Andy Shamblin said, "I think the important part of the identity of the community is bound within the schools that are there, so I think we should do everything we possibly can to support the elementary school and the high school."
Wageman and Boggs are also working to get in-kind donations for the removal of the current sign and for the masonry that will support it.