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

    FSPS 2021-2022 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


    Contact information:

    Susan McFerran — susanamcferran@gmail.com
    Talicia Richardson — taliciarichardson@gmail.com
    Dee Blackwell —  deeblackwellboe@gmail.com
    Matt Blaylock — blaylock6244@gmail.com
    Troy Eckelhoff —  fspszone1@gmail.com
    Yvonne Keaton-Martin — foxynana9@att.net

    Dalton Person — jdaltonperson@gmail.com



    • 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.

    Also available is the 2022 Election Calendar posted on the Elections page of the Arkansas Secretary of State website.

    You may also contact the Sebastian County Clerk's Office for more information.