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Susan McFerran

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Susan McFerran
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Zone II member, Fort Smith Public Schools Board of Education
Term ends
Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionSeptember 17, 2013
Appointed byFort Smith Public School Board of Education
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arkansas
ProfessionRetired Elementary School Teacher
Susan McFerran is a current Zone II member of the Fort Smith Public Schools Board of Education. She was appointed by the Board of Education to fill the vacant Zone II seat in 2012 and was unopposed when the seat was up for re-election on September 17, 2013.


Susan McFerran sought re-election to the Zone II seat on the Fort Smith Public Schools Board of Education on September 17, 2013. She was unopposed. McFerran is a retired elementary school teacher who has taught at schools in the Fort Smith School District and continues to serve as a substitute teacher at private schools in the Fort Smith area. McFerran is married and has three children, who all graduated from Fort Smith schools.[1]

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.[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]


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.[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


What was at stake?

McFerran's Zone II position on the Fort Smith Public Schools Board of Education was up for re-election, she was unopposed.

Campaign finance

McFerran has not disclosed any campaign finance expenditures or contributions.[5]