Ribbon-cutting celebrates new electronic sign at Stafford schools
By Annie Gentile - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Thu., Oct. 10, 2013
The electronic sign at the entryway to the Stafford high school, middle school, elementary school, and library complex on Orcuttville Road is already doing its job.
Due to inclement weather, the gathering for the ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for Monday, Oct. 7, at the sign was re-routed to the high school's library for a "virtual ribbon-cutting" - and the announcement for the change of venue was clearly advertised on the sign.
The recently-installed wireless electronic sign has been instrumental in updating members of the community on school, library and other community events, and, as it is operable by generator, will provide area residents with important updates during weather-related outages and other emergencies.
At the ceremony, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patricia Collin applauded the school's Partners in Education organization, which first initiated efforts to obtain the sign and raise funds. She said fundraising efforts were taken on by numerous sponsors, including the athletic, music and drama boosters, the Stafford Library Association, Introvignes Funeral Home, the Stafford Rotary Club, private donor Nancy Lamelin, and, most noteworthy, a very generous donation from T.T.M. Technologies. Without T.T.M. Technologies' donation, the project would have taken many more years to realize.
T.T.M. Technologies Vice President of Operations Phil Titterton said T.T.M believes strongly in education and the community. "We employ 600 people in Stafford and we've been in business for 46 years here," he said. "We're more than happy to support education."
"There were a few hiccups along the way," said First Selectman Richard Shuck, explaining that the permitting process slowed somewhat as a result of road construction to straighten the state road. He and Collin commended state Sen. Tony Guglielmo (R-35) for being instrumental in helping to get a waiver of the lease for the sign. The takeaway from the challenges in completing the sign project, Shuck said, is a good lesson for Stafford students. "Don't let obstacles get in your way," he said. "Persevere."