BRADENTON -- Construction issues -- including rain and electrical problems -- will likely delay the unveiling of a giant video screen at Manatee High School, according to officials.
The video screen was to be completed by Friday in time for the football team's second home game. Now, Oct. 23 is a more realistic date, according to officials.
"The weather has really hurt us," Manatee High Principal Don Sauer said during
a School Advisory Council meeting Monday night. "It's a mess out there."
Because of an electrical issue, power was temporarily shut off to the concession stand and the junior varsity locker room, Sauer said.
NDC Construction Co. of Bradenton is installing the screen for $235,000.
The project includes:
Installing the Jumbotron using a superstructure with eight advertisement slots.
Adding a superstructure behind the existing scoreboard with spaces for ads to mirror the Jumbotron's setup.
Updating to a Bose sound system to fix existing sound problems.
The Jumbotron will be used for sport events, graduation and other school functions. The board is being installed using privately raised funds.
Gene Brown, an organizer with Manatee Broadcasters, said he met Wednesday with contractors. Manatee Broadcasters are responsible for the installation and upkeep of the video screen.
An issue arose when construction workers hit an unmarked electric pipe, but nobody was injured, Brown said.
Meghin Delaney, education reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7081. Follow her on Twitter @MeghinDelaney.