Winton Woods Middle School

As a primary visual communication tool to students,parents, staff and the community, the old Stewart signat Winton Woods Middle School had been installedaround 1992 making it a bit of a relic. Although it hadbegun to show some signs of aging, the final blowcame when the logo panel of the sign was vandalized. Instead of replacing just the panel it was decided toretire and replace the almost 25 year old sign.

Steve Denny, director of business for the school systemsays “We had worked with Stewart signs before on theold sign and had been very pleased with the serviceand quality, so we decided to continue this projectwith them.” Over the years, as the school system grew,more effort was put on consistency.”With 11 facilitiesto date, it is very important that we don’t play favorites. Especially between the 6 schools” says Denny, “Wewant to keep the consistency – so there are more ofthese to come!”

While in the development phase of the new sign forWinton Middle School it was also necessary to re-designthe main logo which Stewart Signs handled with ease. They also took into consideration the existing foundationand worked closely with Denny to assure the new boltswould work with the old set-up. According to Denny,the installation was “Seamless with no complications. We fit the new sign into the existing holes with nostripping of the bolts.”

In addition to the smooth installation Denny added “Youguys have a really great system in place, it’s a goodprocess and easy to follow.” The ease of process isevident in that even though this project took place overthe Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year holidays, itwas designed, produced and delivered within a twomonth time frame.

Now that the sign has been in place for several monthsDenny says the staff “really likes the sign” and adds thathe has also received compliments from the community”we even get requests to post community events sincewe are on a busy street.”

Keeping with the district-wide commitment ofcommunication, they actually have a paid coordinatorwho keeps the messaging current and relative.

Looking ahead Denny says in addition to the otherreplacement signs, he is hopeful to soon add a StewartLED sign to the district office lawn.”We spend 80% ofour funding on salary and benefits to provide the bestpossible education and preparation for our students sofunding an LED sign is out of reach right now” but sayshe has a few fundraising ideas in mind he hopes to useto achieve this goal.

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