Tracey Reinhart announces plans to seek re-election to the Manila School Board

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tracey Reinhart has announced his candidacy for the Manila School Board.

"It has been my pleasure to serve as the position two member of the Manila School Board for the past five years," Reinhart said. "At this time, I ask you for your vote to allow me to serve in this position for another term."

Tracey Reinhart

Reinhart went on to say, "I have been recognized by the Arkansas School Boards Association as an Outstanding board member, having completed more than sixty-seven hours of boardmanship training. I have trained in areas that include pre-K programs, academics programs, school safety, school health, finance, and school-based technology programs. I have also had training on a variety of other subjects related to school and board service. I have trained and I pledge to continue to train to gain the most knowledge I can to provide for the progress of our school."

Reinhart also spoke of the support of his family. "I have a wonderful wife, Scottie. I also have a daughter, Courtney, and sons, Blake, Tracey Wade, Zachary, and Caleb, who have all attended or graduated from Manila Public Schools. Courtney is a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and is employed by Walmart Corporate Offices in Bentonville. Blake is a graduate of Manila High School and Arkansas State University. He now attends pharmacy school at UAMS in Little Rock. Tracey Wade, a Manila High graduate, is currently attending ASU working on a degree in teaching. He also works as a supervisor at UPS in Jonesboro. Zachary is a senior at MHS and will graduate in 2013. Caleb will begin his sophomore year at Manila High School when school starts. My wife, Scottie, is also a Manila graduate. She works as the APSCN coordinator for Manila Public Schools and has been employed by the district for twelve years."

"We all have been very involved with and love our school," Reinhart said. "Manila Public Schools is a very big part of our lives. Last year I volunteered to be the voice of the Manila Football Lions. Scottie and I have also volunteered for other activities such as elementary basketball, field trip sponsors, prom chaperones, and basketball bookkeeper."

"I have been a Lion's Club officer and a member of the club for 19 years, Manila Volunteer Fireman for 15 years, and served on the Manila Industries Committee," Reinhart said.

Reinhart discussed his reasons for wanting to continue his board service. "I have a passion to see children succeed in life. I believe every generation should achieve a level of success that is greater than the generation before them. I feel that no matter how well parents have done in life that when you combine two people as parents, a brighter person evolves in the child. I feel that Manila School gives every child the opportunity to succeed for a better future."

Reinhart stated that while on the board he has served as secretary, vice president, and the last two years as president. "I have had the honor of handing out diplomas to kindergarteners and seniors," Reinhart said. "I am also very proud of what we have accomplished together, as a District. We have completed a new middle school, a new elementary building with an expanded cafeteria/auditorium facility, and a maintenance building. We have added many courses to the high school and new programs to the elementary and middle schools. We have added and expanded the pre-K program and the extracurricular programs. We have been recognized by the North Central Association, ACT, the University of Arkansas, U.S. News and World Report magazine, and the Arkansas Department of Education for our progress and accomplishments. "I think we have to be excited about the direction we are heading," he said. "Our master plan for the future includes a new or remodeled high school and many other improvements. I dream of being a part of it. I believe we have a great school. I pledge to continue to support all areas of the school to the best of my ability."

He continued, "We have so much to do in the future, along with every other school in the State. I feel that experience in school business is what will help us succeed far above the rest."

"Kids are my life, whether I am at the supermarket as their employer, in the stands as a fan of their team, or a supporter of their many other extracurricular activities," Reinhart said.

He concluded, "I ask the people of Manila to please re-elect me on Sept. 18 for five more years. I promise to continue with 100 percent effort to make our school the very best it can be."

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