The Crossett School District honored a former coach and staff member who served the district for more than 30 years Friday night.
During half time of the Crossett Eagles versus Star City Bulldogs basketball game, Superintendent Gary Williams — along with Coach Linda Martin Jackson’s family and former players — honored the former principal.
Jackson began her career with the Crossett District in 1984 as a teacher and the head girls basketball and track coach. Her track team won the Outdoor State Championship in 1988, 1990 and 1991 and were runners up in 1989 and 2004.
In 2004, her indoor track team won the Indoor Track State Championship.
In addition to her many accomplishments while coaching, she was also named Daniels Intermediate School Teacher of the Year in 1988.
In 1995, Jackson was named principal of Daniels Intermediate School and served in that position until 2003.
During that time, she established the Dream Team basketball program for fifth and sixth graders and what is now known as Track and Field Day for elementary students at Yarborough Field.
Coach Jackson also established the Spark Program by writing for grants to fund the program.
She retired in 2017 after 36 years of service and stayed around as a substitute teacher during the year after her retiremenet.
Williams awarded Jackson with a plaque. The presentation also included a slideshow of her accomplishments following the half-time performances by the CHS cheerleaders. Jackson’s family and former players flooded the court with flowers and other gifts following the presentation.