Wilton High gets new record board

Wilton High School’s field house is receiving a brand new record board as a gift from the Wilton Track Association’s booster organization.

“The one that we have is quite outdated, and when you go to replace the records on the board, it has to be taken down and reprinted and put back up,” Principal Robert O’Donnell told the Board of Education during its Nov. 13 meeting.

“The last time it was updated was in 2011 and it actually cost $1,200 to do it, so we have Wilton High School students who have graduated from the high school, earned a record and have not had their names put on the board.”

The high school’s new record board will be made of aluminum composite and measure roughly 16.5 feet long and seven feet high. Not only will it be able to withstand the force of any errant athletic balls, said Mr. O’Donnell, but it will also have easily interchangeable vinyl name plaques.

“When a student breaks a record, they can place it up on the board and have it truly reflect what the track and cross country athletes have achieved and earned,” said Mr. O’Donnell. “We think it will be a great addition to our field house.”

Because of a connection the Wilton Track Association has to New Haven-based graphic designer Brad Collins, Mr. O’Donnell said, Mr. Collins has “graciously provided a lot of his time for free” to design the high school’s new board.

“Mr. Collins has done fantastic work on this,” said Mr. O’Donnell. “He designed the record board in Yale’s Coxe Cage, so it’s a high-quality record board.”

The high school’s new sign is being produced by a sign company in Bloomfield, Conn., and is valued at approximately $15,000.

Mr. O’Donnell said the school is aiming to set up the board by Dec. 1, the start of the indoor track and field season.

“I think it reflects the generosity of the community and the interest they have in our academic programs and our athletics programs,” he said.