Neighbors say BA high school scoreboard is too loud

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Updated: 11/06/2012 8:20 pm Published: 11/02/2012 10:21 pm

The Broken Arrow High School football games have got just about everyone in the Woodstock neighborhood talking but it’s not about the team.

“You can hear it in our house it’s like a subwoofer,” said Rebecca Helscel. “Like a car sitting in my driveway with a subwoofer on.”

She lives right behind the football stadium. Helscel told FOX23 the sound had not been much of an issue until the new scoreboard was put in this year.

“The old scoreboard was pointed in the other direction so I never had a problem with it,” she said.

Now it’s pointed in her direction and annoying the neighborhood. The mother of two says it’s so bad one neighbor created a Facebook fan page titled, Neighbors of Broken Arrow Scoreboard. People on the page are sharing their experiences with the scoreboard.

Others are going straight to BAPS Superintendent Dr. Jarod Mendenhall. Angel Warren shared with us a letter she wrote to Dr. Mendenhall that night.

“I’m sitting in my house as I type this with the volume of the PA blasting us in the living area,” Warren read.

She says she just wants one thing.        

"I really hope they take our complaining serious.”

FOX23 reached out to BAPS. We haven’t heard back. However, it does appear the district is taking those complaints serious. 

Warren showed FOX23 Mendenhall’s response. He apologized about the inconvenience and added he will get with other members of the school board to find a solution. But people like Warren, say it’s still too loud.

“I’m not asking them to call off the games, I’m not asking them to tear down the jumbotron, I’m just asking them to reach over and turn down the volume knob,” she said.

FOX23 received an email from BAPS Tuesday night saying they are taking the complaints serious.

BAPS adds: "In addition to creating what are essentially governors on the sound board – sound settings that cannot be overridden – we are also working with the company that installed the board to turn the speakers inward and direct more sound toward the stadium seats. This is a new construction project, with all new equipment, so it is taking some time to adjust everything and train staff members accordingly. We have made adjustments every game, and still have some adjustments to make. While football games and band performances are loud events in and of themselves, we understand the patrons’ complaints, and our desire is to be a good neighbor by finding an acceptable resolution to the issue."

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MrsWarren - 11/6/2012 9:03 PM
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The PA is still blasting in our house, on a weeknight, at nearly 9pm. Tuesday, Nov 6th. Even after the channel 23 news aired their spot. Have they no respect. I have written my 8th email, to Jarod Mendenhall.No response.Once again, we CANNOT HEAR ourselves think, we can't sleep, we can't carry on a conversation in our home, with the doors and window shut, without being drowned out by the PA. It's so disrespectful and they clearly have no regard for their BA Neighbors, of which, my husband and I support them with money, etc.
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