Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Pine Tree ISD and Longview Regional Medical Center Announce New Partnership

Charley Peck, Pine Tree ISD President of Board, Tim Vaughn,
Longview Regional Medical Center President of the Board, Jim Kendrick,
Longview Regional Medical Center CEO,
Dr. TJ Farler, Pine Tree ISD Superintendent

Pine Tree Independent School District is pleased to announce a multi-year sponsorship agreement with Longview Regional Medical Center (LRMC) for exclusive scoreboard rights at the new Pine Tree Athletic Complex, opening August 23rd.

“Speaking on behalf of the Pine Tree ISD Board of Trustees, we are very excited to partner with Longview Regional Medical Center,” said Board of Trustee President, Charley Peck. “It is no secret that obtaining funding for our school district is becoming more challenging, but with the help of partners such as LRMC, we are paving the way for innovative and collaborative options to move Pine Tree forward.”

“Longview Regional and the Diagnostic Clinic of Longview are proud to support and serve as the exclusive Pine Tree Stadium scoreboard sponsors. Together, this opportunity allows the hospital and the clinic to showcase our loyalty to providing excellent healthcare, right here in Longview for our youth and our community,” said Jim Kendrick, Longview Regional Medical Center CEO.

The scoreboard is part of the Pine Tree Athletic Complex, one project among several, which were part of the Pine Tree ISD $29.9 million bond referendum, which passed in 2011.

“We are very excited to move into the new Pirate Stadium this fall and wish to thank Longview Regional Medical Center for their support of our students and staff,” said Dr. TJ Farler, Superintendent of Schools. “Pirate Stadium is a state of the art venue, which serves as a place where we can gather as a community to watch our students grow.”

Superintendent Farler explained the agreement with LRMC includes a multi-year commitment for
$450,000 toward the scoreboard project.

We celebrate the coming together of the public and private sectors to help further the cause of public education,” said Charley Peck. “Our goal is to provide the best educational experience we possibly can for our students. I am personally grateful for Mr. Kendrick’s encouragement and vision for this partnership. I am certain this is just the beginning of many more exciting things to come, that will be of great benefit to LRMC and the Pine Tree community.

Upcoming events:
The public is invited to attend the many events planned at the stadium and on the high school campus this fall to commemorate the new and renovated projects included in the 2011 Bond.
  • August 23, 2013, 9:30 am - Ribbon Cutting with the Longview Chamber of Commerce for the New Athletic Complex on Loop 281.
  • August 23, 2013, 8:00 pm - Meet the Pirates Celebration Event, New Athletic Complex
  • August 24, 2013, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Public Tour of the Athletic Complex
  • August 30, 2013, 7:00 pm - 1st Home Game & Friday Night Lights Events
  • September 13, 2013, 7:00 pm - 2nd Home Game & Friday Night Lights Events, Senior Night
  • September 30, 2013 - Grand Opening of the Remodeled High School Theater and 600 Hall
  • October 11, 2013, 7:00 pm - 3rd Home Game & Friday Night Lights Events
  • October 25, 2013, 7:00 pm - Homecoming & Friday Night Lights Events, PT Education Foundation's Alumni Tailgate Party
  • November 1, 2013, 7:00 pm - Final Home Game and Friday Night Lights Events
  • November 7, 9, 10, 15-16, 2pm or 7pm - PTHS Musical Theatre, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”

For more information about the stadium events, contact Amanda Pitre, or visit For tickets to the games, contact the PTHS Athletic Office: 903-295-5142.

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