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The Lavaca School District is committed to providing students with a quality education that will prepare them to be lifelong learners and productive citizens of a democratic society. As educators we are committed to the service of each other, our students, and our community. Our rural district serves approximately 820 students in grades K-12 and is located ten miles East of Fort Smith, Arkansas. Lavaca has a population of approximately two thousand and covers an area of fifty-seven square miles. It is bordered on the North by the Arkansas River and on the West and South by the lush acres of Fort Chaffee. The three schools making up the district are within a one-half mile area on Highway 255. Lavaca High School has approximately 255 students in grades 9-12. Lavaca Middle Schools serves 280 students in grades 5-8, and Lavaca Elementary serves 285 students in grades K-4.



The 2022-2023 School Board Members are:

Perry Newman, Craig Carter, Darren Smithson, Amy Green, Tyler Daniels


LSD School Board

Perry NewmanPerry Newman

Perry has been on the LPS School Board for 28 years. The thing he loves about our district is that “It’s home.” He is a 1976 graduate of Lavaca High School. Perry has been married to his wife, Sandy, for 43 years. They have three daughters- Jennifer Teague, Sara Floyd, and Rachel Pevehouse. All three daughters are Lavaca High School graduatesand two currently work in education. He has 8 grandchildren with three of them at LHS, two at LMS, and one at LES. He has worked for AOG (Summit Utilities) for 42 years.







Craig CarterCraig Carter

Craig has been on the LPS School Board for 15 years. He is a lifelong resident of Lavaca and graduated as Valedictorian in the class of 1990. He went on to pursue a degree at the University of Arkansas, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting in 1994. He is currently a business partner and CFO of Trinty Multifamily in Fort Smith, AR. He has been married to Sheryl Carter for 21 years and they have five beautiful daughters: Abby, Ally, Ashlyn, Anniston, and Addilyn, two sons-in-law, Cody and Justin, and one granddaughter, Vivi. His girls were born and raised in Lavaca with three already graduating and 2 currently attending with 1 at the high school and 1 at the elementary school. Having been involved in the foreign exchange student program as well as a foster parent for over five years, he has seen 17 additional children attend Lavaca Public Schools over the years. Seeing teachers and administration come alongside you and support and encourage your children, especially those from hard situations, is something he loves about our district. Lavaca as a community and school district, truly fulfills every aspect of being the village it takes to raise your children. In his spare time he enjoys serving at First Baptist Lavaca, traveling and following all Arkansas Razorbacks sports.


Darren SmithsonDarren Smithson

Darren has been on the LPS School Board for 13 years. He likes the fact that Lavaca is a small district that allows students to participate in many interests. He is also proud of a staff that works hard to do whatever it takes to meet the needs of the students. Darren graduated from Lavaca High School in 1990 then attended Westark/UAFS and is currently self-employed. He has been married to Dawn for 29 years and they have 5 children: Issac, Grace (and husband Zac), Kaylen, Leland, Aden, and one grandbaby Hattiejoy.







Amy Green


Tyler Daniels


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