The Hayden School District could get a $10,000 financial boost if the School Board approves an offer from Pepsi.
Athletic Director Kevin Kleckler said he noticed that several schools in the area benefit financially from drink corporations like Coca Cola and Pepsi. He requested proposals from both corporations to learn how the Hayden School District could benefit.
Coca Cola is offering to give $5,000 if the school uses Coke machines in the schools and Coke fountain machines for concessions. Pepsi is offering a similar deal, but $10,000 for five years. On top of that, Pepsi is offering to provide Gatorade and Gatorade coolers for all sports teams to use, Kleckler said.
"The Pepsi deal is much sweeter," Kleckler said. "Their presentation was much more desirable."
Kleckler said if using the $10,000 were up to him, the first thing he would do is replace the dim lights at the football field.
"When you go to catch a ball in the end zone, you can barely see it," Kleckler said.
Kleckler said he would get together with Hayden High School Principal Nick Schafer to make a list of priorities for how the money should be used and present that to the School Board.
At the board's meeting at 6 p.m. today, it also will review several policies, some of which are part of federal compliances, and some simple revisions to its school policy.
One such change would be to its tobacco-free school policy, which reads that anyone on school grounds is prohibited from tobacco use except for School Board members. The policy will be changed to include board members in the prohibition.