Harnessing school spirit is about more than revving up those confined within the school walls.
True spirit has its roots in the community, says Guy Parmigian, superintendent of Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools. And as that spirit grows, so does the residents and business relationship with the district, evolving into support on several fronts, including financial assistance and volunteerism.
With that in mind, Parmigian has made it his personal mission to build school spirit in the district, beginning with Rocket pride signs posted at district boundaries on major travel ways such as Ohio 163, Ohio 105, Ohio 19 and Ohio 2.
“I’ve seen this work in other school districts,” Parmigian said about posting these signs serve as constant reminders of the school district’s presence.
The signs have already been purchased. The cost came to $1,290 that came out of the district advertising budget, according to treasurer Tim Coffman.
So far, Parmigian has only run into one glitch – the State of Ohio.
“I understand it’s very hard to get signs posted in their right of ways,” Parmigian said.
The state contracts with businesses to post their signs in their right of ways along state highways. But those contracts can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars in annual payments.
Parmigian isn’t willing to cough of that kind of cash, though.
He’s hoping for a more amicable figure – or perhaps a free pass given the school district.
If that’s not possible, it’s on to plan B. That plan involves seeking cooperation from property owners near those district boundaries.