A grant from the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation will be used to upgrade the audio-visual system in the Ottumwa High School auditorium.
"This is a big upgrade," according to Tyler Courtney, the district's Director of Technology. The project involves removing the single projector and screen system and installing a dual projection system. A 220" fixed screen will be mounted on each side of the OHS stage. The projectors utilize modern technology, with no lamps or filters. "There is no warm up time," Courtney said. "They will be low-maintenance." A tablet with an app will be used to control the projectors. Users will have the capability of using one or both projectors simultaneously.
The project also includes the installation of a camera to allow live streaming of meetings, plays, concerts, etc. on the screens for improved visibility from the back of the auditorium. "We will no longer be in the stone age in there," Courtney said.
This project was the second phase of a recent auditorium upgrade. Over the summer the district updated the lighting system.
Courtney expects the system to be installed by the end of November.