HCS leaders discuss expanding use of ticket scanners ahead of 2019 football season

HCS leaders discuss expanding use of ticket scanners ahead of 2019 football season

HORRY COUNTY, (WMBF) - Ticket scanning devices could soon be used county-wide which could help shorten lines for the upcoming Horry County football season.

The use of the scanners was discussed at a monthly meeting Monday between Horry County Schools officials and district athletic directors. Currently two schools own the devices, Myrtle Beach High School and Green-Sea Floyds High, but the Trojans have yet to implement the tool.

“It truly has made my job easier,” said Cornelia Goings, a ticket taker at Myrtle Beach High. “It gives us the opportunity to keep data which is very important to the school overall.”

Myrtle Beach Athletic Director John Cahill said he was approached about the idea in 2016.

“Previously we would just do the old fashioned way of ripping the tickets but we noticed people would pass the ticket back through the fence,” Cahill said.

He believes ‘pass-backs’ have decreased substantially in the two seasons Myrtle Beach began using the devices.

An obstacle preventing the growth of the new technology; pricing. The devices range anywhere from $700-$900.

“We at this time have decided not to use them yet,” said Joe Quigley, North Myrtle Beach Athletic Director. “Do i think it’s a good idea? Yes, but I need to think about the needs of our kids and what’s best for our kids right now.”

The group will continue discussion Friday.

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