Fort Smith Public Schools, Arkansas

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Fort Smith Public Schools, Arkansas
Fort Smith, Arkansas
Fort Smith Public Schools Seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Benny L. Gooden, Ed.D.
Enrollment:14,107
Graduation rate:78.5%
Number of schools:26
Budget: $165 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Dr. David Hunton
Board members:7
Term length:3

Fort Smith Public Schools is a school district in Arkansas. It operates 19 elementary schools, 4 junior high schools, 2 senior high schools, and one alternative learning center. The district employs over 1,100 teachers and administrators, along with more than 600 support personnel.[1]

About the district

Location

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Fort Smith School District is located on the western border of Arkansas in Sebastian County. It is one of the two county seats of Sebastian County, and the second largest city in the state of Arkansas. According to the 2010 census, Fort Smith is home to 86,217 residents.[2]

Fort Smith Public Schools is a district comprised of 19 elementary schools, 4 junior high school, 2 senior high schools, and one alternative learning center.[3]

Demographics

Fort Smith underperforms the rest of Arkansas when compared on the basis of median household income, people living below the poverty level, percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma. The median household income in Fort Smith was $37,340 compared to $40,149 for the state of Arkansas. 20.7% of Fort Smith residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to a 19.6% in Arkansas. The US Census also showed the poverty rate in Fort Smith was 22.5%% compared to 18.4% for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Fort Smith (%) Arkansas (%)
White 69.3 80.0
Black or African American 9.0 15.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.8 0.9
Asian 5.3% 1.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.3
Two or More Races 4.2% 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 16.5 6.8

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[5]

Superintendent

The current Superintendent of Fort Smith Public Schools is Benny L. Gooden, Ed.D.[6]

School board

The District is governed by a seven member Board of Education. Four members are elected by zone; three are elected at-large. Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month. Current school board members include:[7]

Name Zone Position Term Expires
Dr. David Hunton At Large President 2017
Jeannie Cole 3 Vice President 2014
Dr. Deanie Mehl At Large Secretary 2012
Yvonne Keaton-Martin 4 Member 2015
Susan McFerran 2 Member 2017
Rusty Owen 1 Member 2015
Wyman R. Wade, Jr. At Large Member 2015

School board elections

See also: Fort Smith Public Schools Elections (2013)

Members of the Fort Smith School Board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. The next election is on September 17, 2013. Two seats are up for election: one At-Large seat and the single Zone II seat.

Administrative officials

Key administrative officials include:[1]

Name Position
Benny L. Gooden Superintendent of Schools
Gordon C. Floyd Deputy Superintendent of Schools
Brenda Sellers Associate Superintendent for Human Resources & Support Services
Barry Owen Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services

Budget

Fort Smith Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.[8]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $108,739,422 74.5% $0 0% $32,910,367 22.5% $3,913,392 2.7% $449,068 0.3% $146,012,249
2013-2014 $115,262,939 67.4% $0 0% $49,664,267 29% $5,331,554 3.1% $879,247 0.5% $171,138,007
Averages: $112,001,180.5 71% $0 0% $41,287,317 26% $4,622,473 3% $664,157.5 0% $158,575,128

Teacher salaries

Salary schedules are available online. The step 1 starting salary for certified staff is $35,500.00. The top certified staff salary level is $65,860.00. Individuals achieving the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certificate are granted an additional $2,000 reward for the ten-year life of the certificate.[9]

Salary Schedule

KPBSD FY12 Salary Scheduled
PAY GRADE Bachelor Bachelor +12 Bachelor +24 Bachelor +36 Master Master +15 Master +30 Doctor
1 $35,500 $37,630 $39,760 $41,890 $41,890 $42,020 $46,150 $48,280
2 $36,150 $38,280 $40,410 $42,540 $42,540 $44,670 $46,800 $48,930
3 $36,800 $38,930 $41,060 $43,190 $43,190 $45,320 $47,450 $49,580
4 $37,450 $39,580 $41,710 $43,840 $43,840 $45,970 $48,100 $50,230
5 $38,100 $40,230 $42,360 $44,490 $44,490 $46,620 $48,750 $50,880
6 $38,750 $40,880 $43,010 $45,140 $45,140 $47,270 $49,400 $51,530
7 $39,600 $41,730 $43,860 $45,990 $45,990 $48,120 $50,250 $52,380
8 $40,450 $42,580 $44,710 $46,840 $46,840 $48,970 $51,100 $53,230
9 $41,300 $43,430 $45,560 $47,690 $47,690 $49,820 $51,950 $54,080
10 $42,150 $44,280 $46,410 $48,540 $48,540 $50,670 $52,800 $54,930
11 $43,000 $45,130 $47,260 $49,390 $49,390 $51,520 $53,650 $55,780
12 $43,850 $45,980 $48,110 $50,240 $50,240 $52,370 $54,500 $56,630
13 $45,270 $47,400 $49,530 $51,660 $51,660 $53,790 $55,920 $58,050
14 $46,690 $48,820 $50,950 $53,080 $53,080 $55,210 $57,340 $59,470
15 $48,110 $50,240 $52,370 $54,500 $54,500 $56,630 $58,760 $60,890
16 $49,530 $51,660 $53,790 $55,920 $55,920 $58,050 $60,180 $62,310
17 $50,950 $53,080 $55,210 $57,340 $57,340 $59,470 $61,600 $63,730
18 $50,950 $53,080 $55,210 $58,050 $58,050 $60,180 $62,310 $64,440
19 $50,950 $53,080 $55,210 $58,050 $58,050 $60,180 $62,310 $64,440
20 $50,950 $53,080 $55,210 $58,050 $58,050 $60,180 $62,310 $64,440
21 $50,950 $53,080 $55,210 $58,050 $58,050 $61,600 $63,730 $65,860

Schools in Fort Smith

Enrollment

Fort Smith Public Schools served 14,107 students during the 2011-12 school year. The district has seen an increase in enrollment since the 2007-2008 school year. The following chart details total enrollment in the district within the time span of 2007-2013:[10]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007 13,731
2008 13,938 1.5
2009 13,958 .1
2010 14,010 .3
2011 14,107 .7

District schools

Fort Smith Public Schools operates 26 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Fort Smith Public Schools
Name
Ballman Elementary School
Barling Elementary School
Beard Elementary School
Belle Pointe Center
Bonneville Elementary School
Carnall Elementary School
Cavanuagh Elementary School
Chaffin Junior High School
Cook Elementary School
Darby Junior High School
Euper Lane Elementary School
Fairview Elementary School
Howard Elementary School
Kimmons Junior High School
Morrison Elementary School
Northside High School
Orr Elementary School
Pike Elementary School
Ramsey Junior High School
Southside High School
Spradling Elementary School
Sunnymede Elementary School
Sutton Elementary School
Tilles Elementary School
Trusty Elementary School
Woods Elementary School

Academic performance

The District's 2011 average ACT score was 20.4, compared to a state average of 19.9 and a national average of 21.1. In 2010-2011, 98% of seniors took the ACT. 836 students took 1,654 Advanced Placement tests in 2011. 42% of students earned a 3, 4, or 5. 8 elementary schools and all secondary schools in the district have earned honors as Arkansas Schools of Excellence.[12]

State of Arkansas Reading Scores 2011-2012 - Percent of Students in Each Achievement Level

Grade Number of Students Tested Below Basic Basic Proficient Advanced
3rd 1,061 7% 13% 28% 53%
4th 1,069 7% 13% 36% 44%
5th 1,032 10% 16% 39% 35%
6th 1,102 9% 19% 26% 46%
7th 1,013 3% 22% 35% 39%
8th 1,028 3% 18% 43% 35%

State of Arkansas Math Scores 2011-2012 - Percent of Students in Each Achievement Level

Grade Number of Students Tested Below Basic Basic Proficient Advanced
3rd 1,061 3% 11% 28% 58%
4th 1,069 5% 13% 36% 47%
5th 1,032 2% 13% 38% 46%
6th 1,102 3% 23% 36% 38%
7th 1,013 12% 13% 38% 34%
8th 1,028 16% 16% 43% 24%

Issues

Arming employees

Fort Smith Public Schools along with eleven other school districts have been issued a license to train, license, and arm members of their staff. Despite the Arkansas Attorney General condemning such actions.[13]

Contact information

Fort Smith Public Schools Seal.jpg
PO Box 1948
3205 Jenny Lind Road
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72902
Phone: (479) 785-2501
Email: dbqschools@dbqschools.org

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Arkansas school district websites

Last rated on September 24, 2012.

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Budgets, audits, and salary schedules are posted.[14] Revenue sources are included in budget documents.
  • Names of school board members are posted.[7]
  • Meeting minutes, dates, and current agendas are posted.[7]
  • The local tax rate that funds the school is provided.[15]
  • There is a link to the Arkansas Department of Education, which has information on the districts academic performance.

The bad

  • Administrative contacts are not listed, including a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.
  • Archived agendas for the past 3-5 years are not posted.
  • Contact details are not available for school board members, including a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.
  • Background check details are not posted.
  • Academic performance reports are not available on the site.
  • Public records contacts or forms are not available.

See also

Fort Smith Public Schools Elections (2013)
Arkansas

External links

References