June 21st, 2012
Seattle School Board votes to allow ads at stadiums, on calendars
By Dana Rebik
The Seattle School Board voted 7-0 Wednesday night to reverse a previous ban and allow limited commercial ads to be posted at high school sports fields, on scoreboards and on wall calendars to raise more money.
Eight years ago, the district imposed a ban on commerical advertisements on school properties and got rid of ads in school vending machines and on campus TV. In the process, the district lost about $1 million a year.
“We’re not discussing advertising in the school building at all. It isn’t necessarily corporate either. This could be for the restaurant down the street,” School Board President Michael DeBell said.
The money would be funneled to both the district’s general fund and to student government to fund school activities, although the breakdown isn’t clear yet.