Coach Wright's Back to School Letter By Matt Wright
Friends of Marked Tree School District,
There is a lot of concern about the space at the high school. Let me reassure we have a plan that works. There are 21 classroom spaces to accommodate 250 7th-12th graders. While it appears we won't have as much classroom space as we did in past due to losing so much of our school, we only utilized 5 classroom on the old end. While we won't have as much square footage, we will have plenty of room. That is due to us being more efficient with how we use our space. For example, Coach Frazier does not utilize his classroom in the morning. That created a way for Coach Permenter to have his math classes. It will look drastically different that what it has in the past, but we are certain the plan will work.
Also, I know many of you are concerned about why it took so long to get started! Why would we be starting this, now? As many of you have heard me say, there are three factors when it comes to construction: time, quality, and money. We get to control two of those factors. The two most important factors to our district is having a high quality product while being as fiscally sound and responsible as we can. While we were ready to start around the middle of May, our architect and construction manager told us that if we waited and made our design better, we could save a lot of money. Not only did we save money, but we saved so much that we are going to be able to build a new elementary cafeteria. This effort cost us time! However, we thought it would be better to have a later starting date, save $800,000, and use that money to build a cafeteria. Did it create an inconvenience? Absolutely. Will it give us a better product? There is no doubt!
God bless you and God bless Indian Country!
Superintendent: (870) 358-2913
High School: (870) 358-2891
Fax: (870) 358-3953
406 St. Francis St.
Marked Tree, Arkansas 72365
Elementary: (870) 358-2214
703 Normandy St.Marked Tree, Arkansas 72365