TODAY FOR TOMORROW
Building Updates By Matt Wright
Greetings! I hope this finds you having enjoyed your Christmas Break and the first couple of weeks back! I’m sure this also finds your young ones anticipating a possible snow day! You can learn about school cancellations through out automated phone system, our social media pages, or watch KAIT. This is a great time of year. We have turned the page into a new year, which means new opportunities. Speaking of “new,” I thought it was time to update you on our new school because there has been a lot that has taken place.Throughout this process, I constantly find myself repeating, “Patience is a virtue, patience is a virtue.” As much as I would have liked to take a shovel and break ground on September 20th, that just isn’t how this works. There is a lot of work that must be done after a millage and it takes a significant amount of time.Stating the obvious, money is what makes the world go around. Before we could really get started, we had to have money. This money comes in the form of bonds that are sold. After the millage, this process went into full-swing and it can be lengthy. Almost two months after the millage election, our bond sale was complete. The close and transfer of funds took place on November 30th. In early December, the money was finally in our hands.During that time, work was underway on our campuses. During November, we had our site surveyed and soil studies were conducted, both of which were necessary steps. Our soil study yielded much needed information for planning purposes, along with the site study. Over the next week or so, the architect and construction management company will insert cameras our sewer system and water system to determine the scope of the work on that aspect of our project. These are just some of the small steps that are leading to the bigger steps we all want to see. It shouldn’t be too much longer before our blue prints are done and the bidding process begins. After the bidding process is complete, there will be visible evidence that progress is being made. Mobilization will begin in Mid-April with materials, equipment, and the job trailers being put on site. Soon after, foundation work will begin.If there is one thing that I have learned during this process, it is this:There are three variables in construction. There is quality, time, and money. As a customer, you get to pick two. We can have a something built real fast and high in quality, but we lose control of the money and go way off budget. We can have something built real fast and keep a tight rein on the money, and end up with something low in quality. We want something that is high in quality and we want to be as fiscally responsible as we can. That means the variable we don't control is time. We are building a structure that is going to be around for 50-70 years. Things like investigating the soil, the water and sewer system, and the storm drainage need to be as thorough as possible to prevent problems in the future. We are getting there. I know that seeing is believing. While you haven’t seen much, I promise you progress is occurring. It might not be as fast or as visible as we want, but in cases such as these….patience is a virtue.
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