A Message on Safety from the Superintendent

The Fort Smith Public School District Board of Education, administration, faculty, staff and student body join the nation in mourning the loss of young people and educators in Newtown, Connecticut. The tragic events occupy our thoughts and cause each of us to approach standing safety plans with renewed vigor.

As a District, FSPS invests considerable resources in training and preparing for the emergency situations that are increasingly all-too-possible. Individual school campuses practice crisis responses plans that are developed with their unique circumstances in mind. The District Crisis Response Team offers support and training for each of these school teams while evaluating the overall plans.

The District benefits from a long-time and strong relationship with the Fort Smith Police Department and other emergency responders. These agencies work with our supervisor of security, school resource officers and school crisis teams regularly and are invited to be a part of the normal routine of school culture. Additionally, we have substantial surveillance systems operational on school campuses. This visual access is a valuable asset as we recognize that safety is a complicated and multi-faceted process.

We invite you to help us in maintaining the safest possible campuses. Please make it a practice when visiting a school to check in at the office before you proceed to your destination. Please also feel free to contact a school if you should see something that just doesn’t seem “right.” We value the information gleaned from your observations.

It is our mission to ensure the academic and personal success for each student—Today and in the Future. Careful attention to safety is among the primary ways that we can continue to provide the highest quality programs of education for each of our students.

Benny L. Gooden, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Latest News

In November, students from Fort Smith Public Schools competed at the All-Region Orchestra auditions. There were 110 junior high and high school students who earned chairs, including nine first chair placements. 

Fort Smith Public Schools earned the number one ranking among mid-size school districts in Knovation’s netTrekker Digital Learning Awards Program. The national program recognizes districts using digital resources to create engaging learning experiences, while promoting independent learning. 

The Arkansas Association of Continuing and Adult Education recently named FSPS Adult Education Center employee Donna Smith the Outstanding Paraprofessional of the Year. Smith received the award in October at the annual Arkansas Adult Education Conference in Little Rock. 


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In compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws, the Fort Smith Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, genetic information, or disability in its employment or educational practices. If you have questions regarding the professional qualifications of your child's teachers or paraprofessionals, you are encouraged to ask Dr. Annette Henderson, Associate Superintendent for Human Resources and Support Services. • Le invitamos a que hable con la Dra. Annette Henderson si usted tiene alguna pregunta sobre las capacitaciones profesionales de los maestros o asistentes de maestros de sus hijos.

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