MASSENA — Thanks to a $10,000 grant from Arconic, two new scoreboards have been installed at J.W. Leary Junior High School.

Massena Central School Athletic Director Gavin Regan said the old scoreboard had run its course and was no longer operational.

“It basically died the middle of the season last year,” he said.

Different people looked at it to see if it could be repaired, but Mr. Regan said it was shot, leaving them without a scoreboard in the junior high gymnasium.

“They were going to replace it during the last capital project 10 years ago,” he said, but that didn’t make it into the final scope of the project.

But then Arconic stepped forward. Mr. Regan said he had some conversations with representatives from Arconic and Massena Minor Basketball, and Arconic came through with a $10,000 grant to fund two new scoreboards at the school.

“They needed the specs, cost and different proposals,” he said. “$10,000 is a lot of money. They’re unbelievable partners for the school. It’s something that will be able to be in there for years and years.”

The new scoreboards, one on each end of the gymnasium, were installed this week, along with a new J.W. Leary Junior High School logo on top of each one.

“It’s pretty neat,” Mr. Regan said.

Arconic officials said they were more than happy to help.

“On behalf of Arconic and the employees at our Massena plant, we’re very proud to have helped with the purchase and install of a new MCJHS gymnasium scoreboard. We think it’s important for kids to be able to have fun and participate in school activities, and the new scoreboard will surely support that effort,” Plant Manager Steve Rombough said.

Arconic also donated $500 to help the Athletic Department purchase a new equipment trailer for school’s sports teams and students organizations, such as lacrosse, football, hockey and Learn to Lead. That donation was accepted by the district’s Board of Education during their meeting last week.

The gist of it

n WHAT: J.W. Leary Junior High School now has two new scoreboards in the school’s gymnasium

n WHY: The old scoreboard stopped functioning last year

n HOW: The scoreboard purchases were made possible by a $10,000 grant from Arconic

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