COPPERAS COVE — The Copperas Cove Independent School Board of Trustees approved the purchase of a new $125,000 jumbotron scoreboard for Bulldawg Stadium on Tuesday.

The current big-screen scoreboard was estimated to last six to eight years, Superintendent Joseph Burns told the board, and it has been out there for about nine years.

Staff and maintenance crews have been working on the digital display almost every week during previous football seasons to try to get the old jumbotron to work properly, he said. Maintenance crews also were at the stadium for three days to ensure it worked for the first game of the season.

“They are updating us with the most current technology at this time,” Burns said of the purchase.

The new digital display for the stadium, which probably will be installed at the end of the football season, will be the same measurements as the current screen — 14 by 18 feet — stated information from the district. The newer LED unit, however, will have a higher resolution, as the board will feature 20mm bulbs instead of the current 28mm system.

Trustee Mike Wilburn questioned how long this model would last and how the district knew it was getting the latest technology and not just an older unit.

Burns said the vendor, Euless-based Olen Williams Inc., will supply the jumbotron the district has requested and the unit is expected to last another six to eight years and has a five-year warranty.

The school board also was supposed to make a decision about adding a workout facility to S.C. Lee Junior High for about $190,000, but board chair Joan Manning pulled the issue from the board’s agenda.

“We are taking the weightroom off the agenda for now,” she said. “We need to do a little more planning.”

The district is hoping to construct a facility similar to the one at Copperas Cove Junior High.

Contact Mason W. Canales at or (254) 501-7474

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