That’s because Cedartown has a new football scoreboard, a new baseball scoreboard, and the gym is getting new bleachers.
“The scoreboards were purchased with the money from the W.D. Trippe Trust Fund,” Cedartown High principal Hal David said. “No tax money was spent on the scoreboards. We just leveraged some of the previously approved SPLOST money to help better our facilities.”
David said because of the new bleachers being installed in the gym, they were able to get improvements to other sporting facilities.
“Typically you have a contribution you are putting toward a project,” David said. “So they agreed to count the bleacher project as our contribution, and that allowed us to get the scoreboards.”
According to David, the football program got a new scoreboard on the north side of Cedartown Memorial Stadium and they donated the old scoreboard (which was about 10 years old) to the Cedartown Recreation Department. The baseball field also got a new scoreboard and their old scoreboard was donated to the softball program.
“The booster clubs came and supported the projects. The baseball booster club paid for the trenching and wiring of their new scoreboard and the football booster club paid for the trenching and wiring of their new scoreboard,” David said. “So no tax money was spent on the scoreboards. It was just an opportunity we had to leverage some money that was being spent in the gym and we took advantage of that to improve our facilities.”
David said they are very thankful for the Tripp Trust.
“We’ve certainly been appreciative of the Trippe Trust Fund, they’ve really been supportive of the school system,” David said. “Not just Cedartown High School, but other schools as well. They are very supportive and they really work with us.”
While the new scoreboards are in place, they aren’t finished yet.
“They are coming Aug. 20 to make the final connections to the baseball and football scoreboards,” David said. “They will also move the old baseball scoreboard, which is still in good shape, to the softball field on that day, and they will make the scoreboard at the softball field a wireless control unit.”
David noted that the new football scoreboard should be a nice treat for anyone watching varsity football games this fall.
“It’s going to be a nice addition,” David said. “We will have a video board that is capable of showing videos. We will have a camera mounted on the press box to show videos and at some point we will have a camera on the north point of the field that is down on the field to get video from that angle. It’s a very nice system.
“The system has the ability to show instant replays, and that should be something that will be really nice. Also the football booster club is planning on running advertisements on the video board.”
David said that Electro-Mech Scoreboard Company from Wrightsville is the company that is installing the new scoreboards.
“They do all the Coca-Cola scoreboards,” David said. “They’ve done a great job.”