Springdale Public Schools elections (2013)

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2013 Springdale Public Schools Election

General Election date:
September 17, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Springdale Public Schools
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Two seat on the School Board were up for election in Springdale Public Schools. The election took place on September 17, 2013 for the Zone 2 seat as well as an at-large seat.

About the district

See also: Springdale Public Schools, Arkansas
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Springdale Public Schools is a school district located in Northwest Arkansas in Washington and Benton counties. It is located Northwest of the captial Little Rock. According to the 2010 Census, Springdale is home to 70,382 residents.[1]
Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Springdale (%) Arkansas (%)
White 64.7 80.0
Black or African American 1.8 15.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0 0.9
Asian 2.0 1.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 5.7 0.3
Two or More Races 2.0 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 35.4 6.8


Springdale outperforms the rest of Arkansas when measured on the basis of median household income but underperforms when measured on percentage of residents living below the poverty level and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma. The median household income in Springdale was $41,753 compared to $40,149 for the state of Arkansas. 17.3% of Springdale 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 Springdale was 21.3% compared to 18.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 69.7% of Springdale residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 82.7% in Arkansas.[3]

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.[4]

Method of board member selection

The Springdale Public School Board of Education consists of seven members, all of whom are elected to five-year terms. Two members are elected by the district at-large, while the five 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.[5]





  • Jeffrey Alan Williams
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of Arkansas
    • Chief financial officer, America's Car Mart


Springdale School Board, At-large, September 17, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichelle McCaslin Cook 54.3% 451
     Nonpartisan Brian Moore 45.7% 379
Total Votes 830
Source: Washington County Election Commission

Springdale School Board, Zone 2, September 17, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJeffrey Alan Williams Incumbent 100% 306
Total Votes 306
Source: Washington County Election Commission


Randy Hutchinson was unopposed for the Zone 4 seat on the Springdale Public School Board of Education. The election took place on September 18, 2012.[6]


On September 20, 2011, Kevin Ownbey defeated two challengers for the Zone 1 seat on the Springdale Public Schools Board of Education.

Springdale Public Schools Zone 1, General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Ownbey 52.8% 115
     Nonpartisan Donald Johnson 37.6% 82
     Nonpartisan Edge Nowlin 9.6% 21
Total Votes 218
Source: Washington County, "2011 Annual School Election, September 20, 2011" accessed August 22, 2013

What was at stake?

Two seats in Zone 2 and an at-large position were up for election on September 17, 2013. Board Secretary Jeffrey Alan Williams was unopposed for the Zone 2 position on the School Board.

The district is in the first year of implementing a school choice program approved by the state legislature. The Arkansas State Legislature passed the Public School Choice Act of 2013, which went into effect on April 16, 2013. This law allows parents to select from a broader menu of area schools for their children.[7] The district is a participant in the program and allows parents from other districts to apply for enrollment to Springdale schools.[8]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Springdale Public Schools election in 2013.[9]

Deadline Event
August 18, 2013 Out of state and new voter registration deadline
September 10, 2013 Early voting period begins
September 13, 2013 Registration deadline for transfer within state
September 16, 2013 Early voting period closes
September 17, 2013 Election day

Additional elections on the ballot

In addition to the two five-year term school board positions, a proposal to maintain the current millage rate of 40.5 was approved with 66% of the vote.[10][11]

See also

External links