Message From the Superintendent
The past two years have brought some exciting and positive changes to our District. Almost a year ago in December 2017, the Board of Education adopted Vision 2023, a five-year strategic plan developed by nearly 200 parents, educators, students, support personnel and members of the community. In May 2018, a millage referendum based on Vision 2023 goals and a community-led needs assessment was approved by district residents by a margin of 62 percent to 38 percent. This election marked the first time since 1987 that a millage increase was approved by voters, a time span of more than 30 years.
As these citizens considered the needs and aspirations of our students and our community, they devised a mission statement that directs our continuing work toward “premier” status in our region, state and nation, as it promotes a culture “where innovation creates excellence.”
Indicators of innovation and academic excellence include two recently designated National Blue Ribbon Schools (Euper Lane Elementary in 2016 and Woods Elementary in 2017), 3,399 hours of college credit awarded to the class of 2018 and two campuses (Spradling and Ballman elementary schools) selected for the Professional Learning Communities pilot administered by the Arkansas Department of Education.
Our seven Vision 2023 Strategies continue to guide our efforts on behalf of students. You will find references to these goals and our progress in addressing them throughout this document.
The strategies are explained here:
Please visit www.FortSmithSchools.org for more about Vision 2023 and the impact it is making on the lives of our students! I also invite you to get involved in our efforts to ensure that every student experiences authentic success in school, ultimately graduating with both a viable plan and a relevant skill set for his or her future!
Doug Brubaker, Ph.D.
Fort Smith Public Schools, a premier district where innovation creates excellence, is dedicated to providing an equitable, challenging educational experience by engaging families and community partners as we prepare students to embrace their roles in our culturally diverse community and rapidly changing world.
Vision 2023 Strategic Plan