Fort Smith Public Schools Board of Education
The Fort Smith Public School District is governed by a seven-member Board of Education. Four members are elected by zone while three are elected in at-large positions. School Board meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Service Center Auditorium, located in Building B of the Service Center complex, 3205 Jenny Lind Road, unless otherwise noted. The meetings are open to the public. Parents, grandparents, care-providers of FSPS students, and Fort Smith residents are encouraged to become more familiar with the governance of the School District. For more information please call 479-785-2501, ext. 1206.
The meeting agenda will be posted the Thursday prior to each meeting and the approved minutes of previous meetings will be available on the following Tuesday. The school board election is held annually on the third Tuesday in May. Citizens wishing to address the board may call 479-785-2501 to be placed on the board's agenda. A Request to Speak form must be submitted to the Superintendent's Office in writing 72 hours prior to the meeting. Or, citizens may fill out a Citizen Participation Form.
In addition to the documents posted on this site the District maintains the District's Board of Education records which date back to the late 19th Century. A patron may make an appointment to review these documents by contacting the Superintendent's Office at 479-785-2501.
Board of Education
Bill Hanesworth, President Talicia Richardson, Vice-President Dee Blackwell, Secretary
At Large, 2021 At Large, 2022 Zone III, 2023
Wade Gilkey Yvonne Keaton-Martin Susan McFerran Dalton Person
Zone I, 2021 Zone IV, 2021 Zone II, 2022 At Large, 2023
Bill Hanesworth — email@example.com
Talicia Richardson — firstname.lastname@example.org
Dee Blackwell — email@example.com
Wade Gilkey — firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan McFerran — email@example.com
Yvonne Keaton-Martin — firstname.lastname@example.org
Dalton Person — email@example.com
- Zone 1 generally represents Southeast Fort Smith and Barling
- Zone 2 generally represents Southwest Fort Smith
- Zone 3 generally represents East Central Fort Smith
- Zone 4 generally represents North Fort Smith
To view your zone by your residential address, follow these steps:
- Visit the Voter Registration Page on the Arkansas Secretary of State Website
- Enter your address into the Polling Place Search
- Scroll to the bottom of the page
- Click "Districts"
- Scroll down to "School District"
- Your school district zone will be listed
School Board Election Information
The school board election for Fort Smith Public Schools is scheduled for May 18, 2021.
Candidate packets are now available at the county clerk’s office.You may also contact the Sebastian County Clerk's Office for more information.Because of preparations necessary for social distancing the Board cannot accommodate day-of-meeting requests to speak during this time. Speakers are asked to arrive at the Service Center Auditorium no later than 5:20 p.m. on the day of the meeting and remain in their car. A moderator of the meeting will call to notify the speaker when it is time to come into the auditorium. The board president will recognize speakers shortly after they arrive. Speakers are asked to be seated until that time.