Local high school fans will soon be able to watch sporting event live streams, while team members can review game footage on the fly.

The Alcorn School District has signed an agreement with Hudl – a sports analysis software company serving sports teams at every level with tools to study and improve performance while also providing viewers with access to live streams.

Already being used on some campuses, a digital camera system will be setup at Alcorn Central, Biggersville and Kossuth. Sports covered on each campus by Hudl will include football, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball and soccer.

“It is unlimited for us,” said Superintendent Bill Brand. “It will cover every major sports at each school. Games will be filmed and live streamed through YouTube for fans, and the system will provide stats for the coaches and team members.”

Brand said Hudl has been used on the Kossuth and Biggersville high school campuses for about a year.

“Kossuth has used it for football, basketball and volleyball ... and Biggersville has used it for basketball and volleyball,” he added. “Biggersville also used the system to film their virtual graduation ceremony in June.”

The district will purchase Hudl’s Athletic Department Package and Return to Play Program allowing for broadcast for unlimited sports and unlimited games for $6,600 per school on a yearly subscription.

In other county school system news:

School board members recently discussed the possibility of requiring all head coaches to have experience prior to being hired.

Board President Ricky Fields asked fellow members should a person interviewing for a head coaching position within the district be required to have had experience working under another head coach?

Currently hiring coaches falls under the standard new hire policy and states no experience is necessary.

“I think we are putting some young folks in a position that is not fair without them having experience,” said board member Daniel Cooper. “I think we need that mentoring when it comes to coaching.”

The board took no action and the policy remains unchanged.

Technology Director Dylan Lambert said his department completed a major internet capability upgrade at the beginning of September.

“We have made some upgrades on our equipment that manages districtwide internet,” he said. “With the upgrade, it will triple our internet bandwidth. This should help with any issues staff members have been having.”

Brand said teachers at Alcorn Central, Biggersville and Kossuth will soon have the chance to win a little extra cash.

CARE Foundation Chairman Sandy Williams is providing $3,500 to the district “to recognize the hard work teachers have put fourth so far during the pandemic.”

Over the course of the next seven weeks, drawings will be held at each school to award select educators $250, $100 and $50 VISA gift cards.

Due to fall break, board members voted to reschedule the next meeting from Monday, Oct. 12 to Thursday, Oct. 15 at 5:30 p.m.

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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