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Fort Smith Public Schools elections (2013)

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2013 Fort Smith Public Schools Elections

General Election date:
September 17, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional measures
Contact information
External links
See also
Sebastian County, Arkansas ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Arkansas
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Two seats on the Fort Smith Public School Board were up for election on September 17, 2013. Seats up for election were one At Large seat and the Zone II seat.

About the district


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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.[1]

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.[2]


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. The US Census also found that 20.7% of Fort Smith residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to a 19.6% in Arkansas.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
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 rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[4][5]

Method of board member selection

The Fort Smith Public School Board of Education consists of seven members, all of whom are elected to three year terms. Three members are elected by the district At Large, while the four remaining seats represent a specific geographic area or zone. Board member terms are staggered so that at least two members are to be elected each year on the third Tuesday in September. There are no primary elections. One At Large and the Zone II seat were up for election in 2013. One At Large seat and the Zone III seat are up for election in 2014. One At Large Seat, the Zone I, and the Zone IV seat are up for election in 2015.



Springdale School Board, At-large, September 17, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDr. David Hunton 74.6% 505
     Nonpartisan Andrew Mackey 25.4% 172
Total Votes 677
Source: The Southwest Times Record, "Alma Millage Issue Fails, Mountainburg Schools Get Bond Restructure," September 13, 2013


Election history


In 2012, Wyman R. Wade Jr., Russell C. Owen, Jeannie Cole, and Yvonne L. Keaton-Martin all won unopposed elections for seats on the Fort Smith Public School Board.[6]


In 2011, Deanie Mehl and Shannon L. Blatt both won unopposed elections for seats on the Fort Smith Public School Board.[7]

Key deadlines

The following dates are key deadlines for the Fort Smith Public Schools election in 2013:[8]

Deadline Event
July 2, 2013 First day to file a petition of candidacy
July 9, 2013 Close of filing period for petition of candidacy
August 18, 2013 Last day to register to vote in school election
August 27, 2013 Absentee ballots available
September 17, 2013 Election Day


What was at stake?

Dr. David Hunton's position as President of the Fort Smith Public School Board and At Large seat was at stake during the September 17, 2013 election. Incumbent Zone II member Susan McFerran ran unopposed.

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.[9]

Campaign finance

As of August 13, 2013 no candidates have disclosed any campaign finance expenditures or contributions.[10]

Additional measures on the ballot

No additional measures will appear on the September 17, 2013 ballot.

See also

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