At a meeting earlier this month, the Alliance School Board voted to approve the purchase of a new timing system to be used at the track, which would open the door for the district to host larger track meets such as districts. 

Multiple schools throughout the Panhandle utilize the FinishLynx timing system Superintendent Dr. Troy Unzicker explained. He told the board the system was a necessity. 

“This is the system a majority of the area schools use,” said Unzicker. “I think it would be interchangeable if there was an issue with something. The pricing on this automated timing system seems somewhat high for as few of track meets as we run, but, anymore, we’re expected to basically have a timing system, especially if we want to host any district meets. To be honest, for conference meets, if we didn’t buy this, we’d have to be begging and borrowing to get one.” 

Unzicker explained that the cost of the system, including a computer, camera and other equipment, is not expected to exceed $15,370. He said a $10,000 donation from Box Butte General Hospital could be put toward the cost of the system, because the donation was earmarked for improvements at the track. 

Activities Director Anita James said they would only purchase one camera to start with since an additional camera brings with it an extra cost of $5,000. However, she said they would like to have an additional camera down the line to help keep meets running smoothly. 

“The idea behind having two cameras is so that if we have to switch our finish line, we would have to move one camera to the other location, which could mess up the connection to the system,” said James. “So, having two cameras would help our meets run efficiently, but we’re just asking for one camera right now, because we can always borrow one from Scottsbluff or Mitchell, because they have the same type of system.” 

The board voted unanimously to approve the purchase of the system with the cost not to exceed $15,370.

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