Fort Smith Public Schools elections (2013)
Method of election
What was at stake?
Sebastian County, Arkansas ballot measures
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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
LocationArkansas 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.
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.
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.
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 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
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|
|Nonpartisan||Dr. David Hunton||74.6%||505|
|Source: The Southwest Times Record, "Alma Millage Issue Fails, Mountainburg Schools Get Bond Restructure," September 13, 2013|
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.
In 2011, Deanie Mehl and Shannon L. Blatt both won unopposed elections for seats on the Fort Smith Public School Board.
The following dates are key deadlines for the Fort Smith Public Schools election in 2013:
|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.
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.
As of August 13, 2013 no candidates have disclosed any campaign finance expenditures or contributions.
Additional measures on the ballot
No additional measures will appear on the September 17, 2013 ballot.
- Arkansas school board elections to address school safety, choice
- Sebastian County, Arkansas
- Local ballot measures, Arkansas
- Fort Smith Public Schools, Arkansas
- List of school districts in Arkansas
- Arkansas school districts
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- Fort Smith Schools, "About our schools" accessed August 14, 2013
- , "Fort Smith Quick Facts," accessed July 31, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Sebastian County Online, "Sebastian County Election Results September 18, 2012 Annual School Election" accessed August 15, 2013 (timed out)
- Sebastian County Online, "Sebastian County Election Results September 20, 2011 Annual School Election" accessed August 15, 2013 (timed out)
- [https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://www.sebastiancountyonline.com/ Sebastian County Online, "2013 School Elections" accessed August 14, 2013
- Examiner.com, "Arkansas Attorney General says teachers cannot be armed guards" accessed August 14, 2013
- Arkansas Secretary of State, "Campaign Expenditure Search" accessed August 13, 2013