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Wheeling Park High School Getting Industrial Laser

An industrial laser is on its way to Wheeling Park High School.

Ohio County Board of Education members during their meeting Monday night approved the purchase of the technology from Boss Lasers of Sanford, Florida. The $15,959 cost through a CTE Modernization Grant received by Ohio County Schools.

WPHS Assistant Principal Stephanie Bugaj said the laser will be used for advanced manufacturing and prototyping by students in machine tooling and engineering classes. It will cut glass, plastic, steel, plexiglass and other materials.

“It will cut a little more intricately than a plasma table will,” she said. “It will be able to cut intricate designs.”

For the first project on the laser, teacher Aaron Fedorka plans to have the class craft a sign to promote the school’s “Eagle Precision Machining and Fabrication” company. It will be cut into glass with a light shining behind it.

Board members also accepted a bid for a new scoreboard integrated video production system at Wheeling Island Stadium. B&H Photo of New York City will provide the software system for $9,495.

The software operates the Jumbotron at Wheeling Island Stadium, and the current system is obsolete and can’t be updated anymore, according to Assistant Superintendent Rick Jones.

Work to begin upgrades to the press box at Wheeling Island Stadium also will be starting soon, Jones said.

Sean Doyle of McKinley and Associates told the board construction will be completed by the end of November in time for the start of basketball and wrestling seasons.

Board members met in private executive session with Doyle for nearly an hour to discuss construction planning for school bond-related projects happening throughout the district.

The board will next meet at 6 p.m.on Sept. 23 at the board office, 2203 National Road, Elm Grove.

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