West Salem School District schools are about to get a little brighter.

Three new LED signs will be installed outside the elementary, middle and high schools. The West Salem Village Board approved a conditional use permit on Tuesday to have the electronic display signs placed in a residential zone.

Superintendent Troy Gunderson said the signs will offer information about upcoming events within the buildings as well as district-wide events and some community events.

There is currently an electronic sign at the high school that was installed in 2002. However, it hasn’t worked properly for a number of years. Gunderson said the all three signs cost $44,000 apiece.

The ones at the elementary and middle schools will be paid for through a 2016 referendum approved by taxpayers, while the one that’s at the high school will be replaced using district operational dollars, Gunderson said.

“Believe it or not, they were significantly cheaper because we purchased all three at the same time and because they are all the same size,” Gunderson said.

He said all the signs will be installed/replaced sometime this spring or summer.

Meanwhile, the West Salem Village Board also approved an application submitted by the West Salem Volunteer Fire Department to hold a 125th anniversary event beginning Saturday, Sept. 8, and continuing through Sunday, Sept. 9.

The event will be held at the fire department, 100 S. Mill St.

The board also approved a special event application submitted by Rachel Lynse on behalf of Tunnel to Towers to hold a fun run/walk on Sunday, Sept. 9, beginning at 8:46 a.m. at the Village Park Shelter.

The nationwide event is held in honor of firefighter Stephen Siller, who died during rescue efforts on 9/11. Proceeds go toward custom designed homes for injured service members.

The West Salem run/walk will utilize the same route as the June Dairy Days fun run/walk. This will be the third year it’s been held in West Salem.


Coulee Courier and Houston County News editor

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