When finished, the new wing of the elementary school would look like the renderings below: At the high school, we will demolish the 1947 wing (old auditorium, 7 classrooms), the band room, and the library/principal’s office.The superintendent’s office and the new auditorium will stay.We will build a new band room, choir room, several new classrooms, and a physical education area.There will also be a hardened structure, which will provide safety in adverse weather situations.The cafeteria and the superintendent’s office will be remodeled, but will not be new structures.The main idea at the high school, besides the tornado shelter, is to focus on access to students.Under the new floor plan, kids will have zero outside transitions and 4 doors that can access the building, but one main entrance that will do directly into the principal’s office. Currently, there are 14 sets of doors we have to monitor. Here is the old floor plan followed by the proposed floor plan:
Here are two renderings of what the high school will look like: Money in these classrooms will be spent on systems that are more efficient (LED lighting, HVAC), heavy and secure doors, windows, and items intended to save money.
While all of this looks great when you look at the floor plans, what does this mean for you as a property owner?This chart shows what the increases will be for the appraised value of your property.
It is my hope that you see we are not asking for what we want.There is nothing that we would love more than to build two new schools and a gymnasium.However, that isn’t possible.Because of our declining enrollment, we have to either decrease square footage or fund 100% of the project. Rather, these improvements are what we need to ensure the education and safety of the next generation of students at Marked Tree. In creation of this letter, I wanted to be able to add floor plans and pictures. However, there were several formatting issues that might prevent you from seeing them in the letter. The pictures of the floor plans and the school will be posted sometime Monday on the school webpage and our social media accounts. You can also see them on the video by accessing the link below:
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at (870) 358-2913 or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I will be willing to talk about your concerns. It is my sincere hope that you will consider voting yes on Sept. 19th. Thank you, Matt Wright, Superintendent Marked Tree School District