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Spring Hill athletic booster club to pay for new scoreboard with nearly $500K loan

Longview, Texas (Longview News-Journal) - The Spring Hill Athletic Booster Club will pay for a new digital scoreboard at Panther Stadium largely through a loan, Spring Hill ISD and club officials announced Monday.

Spring Hill trustees voted 5-1 with one abstention to approve the agreement, under which the booster club will pay for the nearly half-million dollar scoreboard with about $474,000 in loans from unidentified community partners and $1,800 through its own donations.

"I'm excited," Treasurer Karl Kuenemann said after the vote. "I think this is a great opportunity for the school. It's a great opportunity for the booster club to raise some money in the future and move forward with providing for our student athletes and for the district with technology upgrades in the future."

The agreement between the district and the booster club is set over five years or until the scoreboard is paid off. Officials said Monday the club hopes to be able to finish paying off the scoreboard from projected advertising revenue within three years. The board will be donated to the district once it is paid off.

Trustee Karen Wright voted against the measure. Trustee Mike Henry abstained, as he serves as Vice President of the booster club.

Since 2012, the Spring Hill varsity football team has a combined overall record of 12-38 and a combined district record of 4-23. The team's last winning season came in 2007, when the Panthers went 7-4 under former head coach Robert Bero. That year also marks the last time the Panthers made the playoffs in football. 

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