JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
BURNET — In addition to a new eight-lane track, artificial turf and black fencing, Bulldog Field also will get a new scoreboard.
The Burnet Consolidated Independent School District board of trustees approved the purchase of the scoreboard during its regular meeting May 18. The cost is $64,450 from Spectrum Scoreboards. However, athletic director Kurt Jones said that while fund balance will pay for the item, another group will reimburse the school district the cost over a 10-year period.
“We approached the four current (scoreboard) sponsors and asked them to commit,” he said. “They all jumped at the chance.”
In addition, two new sponsors also have committed, Jones said.
Since officials approved installing an eight-lane track, that meant the current scoreboard had to be moved to make room, Jones said.
“When we do that, it’ll impact the scoreboard,” he said. “We knew the scoreboard was going to have to be removed regardless. Now is the time to look into a new one.”
The new scoreboard will be similar to the original one at the stadium; however, a message board also comes with it. Jones said officials have plenty of options on how they’ll use that part of the board.
An eighth lane means the track will meet University Interscholastic League rules that will allow Burnet to host district and area meets.
Trustees also approved the purchase of stadium fencing from Four Seasons Development for $69,784. The budgeted amount was $70,000.
Jones said the fencing is similar to what is found at Bulldog Diamonds, the home of the Burnet baseball and softball stadiums, that combines black chain-link fence and iron-pool fence.
“Probably 80-90 percent is going to be that black chain-link fence,” Jones said. “And the remaining 15-20 percent will be that wrought-iron fence. It’ll be all around the outside of Bulldog Field.”
The board also approved the hire of Justin Reeves as the football team’s new offensive line coach. Reeves has already started working at BCISD. He spent five years at Lampasas and left to coach at Anson for a year.
“We’re fortunate to get him on staff,” the athletic director said.
In addition, Brian Robinson has accepted the position of boys head soccer coach. Robinson was already a Bulldogs assistant football and basketball coach.
“Coach Robinson spent some time at Lockhart for three years as an assistant soccer coach,” Jones said. “He does a great job with organization and with kids.”
Jones said he is still interviewing candidates for head swimming coach and girls head soccer coach.