well the board is in there because it's the only place we've ever really used it. events like HMMM and cabaret need it, if we're going to have a microphone they need it. i do not disagree that it eats some table space, but a number of folks have expressed interest in audio/video recording set up, and as a home base, to be able to shoot the shop or events, it kinda makes sense.
it also makes it very easy to put music into the shop and classroom at different volumes at the same time.
one option would be to tuck the rack beneath it, and scoot it into that corner, pulling out the unused speakers there, cutting it's footprint in half, or to build the entire thing into a rolling road case with lid and doghouse (cable management that's accessible) so that it can sit under a table and be out of the way, but still provide feed to the classroom receiver, and making it much easier to move into the shop for bigger events like MMF. nesting strong boxes in the base of the case could store cables and mics and be pulled out and moved up to lift the console to a working height.
space management meeting 9ish this eve, there'll be a few things going on but we can ponder it all then. i'll have my lappy along to try to video skype, assuming that mplswifi is healthy throughout or orion gets our tubes sorted this eve as planned.