RC makes case for a modern, digital sign in front of campus
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By Natalie Gray  April 11, 2014 12:00 am

Rancho Cotate High School is preparing to take the steps towards a more modern update that school and district officials claim to have been wanting for years now. On Tuesday, April 8, at the monthly Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District Board of Trustee meeting, Rancho representatives Jessica Holman and Trent Lorenz presented to the board a proposed new digital marquee for the high school.

“I’ve been screaming for a sign for 15 years,” said board member Leffler Brown. “They’re just so valuable.”

According to Holman, the current Rancho marquee falls short of expectations. The sign is too hidden away from the street to be seen by passing cars, community members and parents. It also is too small to be read properly and is sorely outdated, having been put into place by the class of 1985.

“I think it’s time to upgrade,” Holman said.

The marquee proposed by Holman would be provided by Stewart Signs and would be 7 feet, six inches tall with a surface face height of five feet tall and eight feet wide. 

According to the proposal sheet, the sign would bear two logos flanking either side of the words “Rancho Cotate High School,” the Rancho Cotate school crest and an image of the Cougar mascot.

The proposed marquee would be digital and offer the school the chance to write up to four lines of announcements, animations (that are both provided with the sign or could be created by the students), images or videos, such as a clip of a game winning goal, suggested Holman.

The overall cost of the new marquee would be $18,927.25 and, according to Holman, between student funds and Cougar Boosters, the school has the money to pay upfront for the sign. According to Holman, the sign could be delivered and installed within six to eight weeks. The marquee would not need a special permit from the city because it adheres to the city’s code.

The only concern expressed by the Board of Trustees was over placement of the sign, given that the city of Rohnert Park has expressed interest in altering the street of Snyder Lane.

Holman, Lorenz and board members all expressed interest in the board to help raise school spirit within the high school and community, to help make parents and student more aware of school functions and event dates and to help Rancho Cotate take the first steps towards being a more modern school. 

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