The District #18 Board of Education approved a plan to give the football field where the Wolfpack play a new ‘look.’
The school board is not replacing the grass with FieldTurf like Johnson-Brock Public Schools did prior to the start of the football season. And, no, new bleachers are not being installed. But, in the coming weeks, the field will not look the same any more.
With up to $10,000 in insurance funds received due to damage to the scoreboard sustained in the Memorial Day Weekend hailstorm, the board approved the purchase of a new scoreboard which is to be installed and working when the Wolfpack host Plainview on Homecoming Oct. 13.
The scoreboard, more than 20 years old and a fixture at the field for the past 13 football seasons, is currently not working on all circuits. Superintendent Dan Polk said the school has looked into repairs and the necessary parts are no longer being made. With the insurance dollars, he said the time was right to replace the scoreboard.
The new scoreboard will be 18’ x 7 1/2’ and will feature LED readouts. Several board members said they have had requests in the past to raise the height of the scoreboard to make easier to see. Polk said every effort will be made to raise the height of the scoreboard to make it easier to view.
The scoreboard is expected to cost approximately $8,500 with delivery, setup and an electrician to cost extra but still come in under the $10,000 awarded by the school’s insurance company.
The new scoreboard was approved on a 6 to 0 vote.

For the complete story, subscribe to The Elgin Review.