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Electronic Marquee to Replace Perry Hall High Sign

Students and faculty have saved and fundraised for the past four years to pay for the new sign.

An electronic marquee is expected to replace the current sign along later this month, according to .

"It gives a cleaner look to the building," Roberts said. "It allows us to move into the 21st century with the messages we want to send out to the community."

The planned sign, which the school gained permit approval from Baltimore County to install in November, is the result of four years of planning and fundraising.

Upon , two classes contributed to the sign fund. Additional donations, including a personal donation from the principal, helped cover the $17,000 cost of the new sign.

It includes a secure wireless Internet connection, which allows administrators to instantly change the sign's scrolling messages from inside the school. The marquee's lights and scrolling messages will run only between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., Roberts said.

Roberts met with members of the , founded in September, to address any concerns related to the new sign, according to .

Roberts said many of the surrounding homeowners see the new sign as an improvement because its light will be turned off overnight, whereas the current one shines a light 24 hours a day.

"I think it will be a nice addition," Roberts said.

What kinds of messages would you like to see scrolling on the new sign? Tell us in the comments.

Neal Baker January 19, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Now if they could up date the curriculum to the 21st century.
Nicole January 19, 2012 at 07:39 PM
There is nothing wrong with the old sign. It’s a trademark. I don’t want to be blinded by an electronic sign flashing as I drive by. How about putting the money towards another expansion so the school looks less like a trailer park!
Eric Martin January 20, 2012 at 04:21 PM
I would like the sign to say "Come enjoy the Perry Hall Town Fair here in July."
John Doe January 20, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I agree with Nicole... keeping the old sign lets the graduates relate to the building - my high school changed their sign and that trademark/nostalgia is "nevermore".
John Doe January 20, 2012 at 05:58 PM
The sign will hopefully say, "Home of the Perry Hall Town Fair - a local family & business tradition since 1997."
Kim Ruark January 20, 2012 at 09:57 PM
I bet the middle school would appreciate donations toward a new sign!
Mike Pierce January 20, 2012 at 10:23 PM
That's really sad that one more school has failed to get the message that people don't want more of these flashing, scrolling signs. Electronic signs are okay, changing when it's necessary to put up a new, important message, but please don't make it change just for the sake of changing and attracting attention. We're having enough trouble getting businesses to comply with the law! Unfortunately, our leaders keep saying that the schools are exempt from the law. Then why did they have to get a permit? If they had to get a permit, they are not exempt.
LalainMaryland January 20, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Congrats to the school! It'll make updating news for parents so much easier.
LalainMaryland January 21, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Do you know how much an expansion costs? Get real. 17,000 would buy, maybe, 100 ceiling tiles. It costs MILLIONS for capital improvements. And you won't be blinded. Unless you have very odd human eyes.
kat January 23, 2012 at 09:57 AM
I agree

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