Fort Smith Public Schools Board of Education
The Fort Smith Public School District is governed by a seven-member Board of Education. Four members are elected by zone while three are elected in at-large positions. School Board meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Service Center Auditorium, located in Building B of the Service Center complex, 3205 Jenny Lind Road, unless otherwise noted. The meetings are open to the public. Parents, grandparents, care-providers of FSPS students, and Fort Smith residents are encouraged to become more familiar with the governance of the School District. For more information please call 479-785-2501, ext. 91206.
The meeting agenda will be posted the Thursday prior to each meeting and the approved minutes of previous meetings will be available on the following Tuesday.
Citizens wishing to address the board may call 479-785-2501 to be placed on the board's agenda. A Request to Speak form must be submitted to the Superintendent's Office in writing 72 hours prior to the Regular School Board meeting. Or, citizens may fill out a Citizen Participation Form.
The school board election is held annually on the third Tuesday in May.
In addition to the documents posted on this site the District maintains the District's Board of Education records which date back to the late 19th Century. A patron may make an appointment to review these documents by contacting the Superintendent's Office at 479-785-2501.
Board of Education
Pictured L to R: Dalton Person, Yvonne Keaton-Martin, Dee Blackwell-Secretary, Troy Eckelhoff, Susan McFerran-President, Talicia Richardson-Vice President, Matt Blaylock
Zone I, 2024 - Troy Eckelhoff
Zone II, 2022- Susan McFerran
Zone III, 2023 - Dee Blackwell
Zone IV, 2024 - Yvonne Keaton-Martin
At-Large, Position 2, 2023 - Dalton Person
At-Large, Position 4, 2024 - Matt Blaylock
At-Large, Position 5, 2022 - Talicia Richardson
Susan McFerran — firstname.lastname@example.org
Talicia Richardson — email@example.com
Dee Blackwell — firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Blaylock — email@example.com
Troy Eckelhoff — firstname.lastname@example.org
Yvonne Keaton-Martin — email@example.com
Dalton Person — firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zone 1 generally represents Southeast Fort Smith and Barling
- Zone 2 generally represents Southwest Fort Smith
- Zone 3 generally represents East Central Fort Smith
- Zone 4 generally represents North Fort Smith
To view your zone by your residential address, follow these steps:
- Visit the Voter Registration Page on the Arkansas Secretary of State Website
- Enter your address into the Polling Place Search
- Scroll to the bottom of the page
- Click "Districts"
- Scroll down to "School District"
- Your school district zone will be listed
School Board Election Information
The school board election for Fort Smith Public Schools was held on May 18, 2021.
Candidate packets are available at the county clerk’s office for each election year.You may also contact the Sebastian County Clerk's Office for more information.