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Lavaca School Board

Welcome to the Lavaca School District website.
This site offers a brief overview of our learning community.

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 850 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 260 students in grades 9-12. Lavaca Middle Schools serves 290 students in grades 5-8, and Lavaca Elementary serves 290 students in grades K-4.

Board President - Perry Newman
Perry Newman is the current President of the Lavaca School Board and has served on the board for ten years. He graduated from Lavaca High School in 1976 and attended Arkansas Valley Vocational Technical School and graduated in 1978. He and his wife Sandy have three daughters, Jennifer, Sara, and Rachel. He has worked at Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Company for 25 years and is the Director of Gas Control. He is the Region 4 Director of the Arkansas School Board Association and has been active in education on both the state and local level. It is his goal to improve education not only in Lavaca but statewide. His vision is for the Lavaca school system to be known as the best school in the state of Arkansas. Perry is very active in Lavaca First Baptist Church which he teaches 8th and 9th grade boys and is active in the student ministries program.

Board Secretary - Lorrie Runion
Lorrie A. Runion serves the Lavaca School Board as secretary. She is a graduate of Lavaca High School and from ASU, Fort Smith campus, with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She currently works at Glidewell Construction in the position of Office Manager/Controller. She and her husband Hobe have two children, Katie and Beau. Beau attends Arkansas Tech University and Katie is a senior at Lavaca Public School.

Board Member - Ronnie Dean
Ronnie A. Dean graduated from Lavaca High School in 1962 and attended Fort Smith Junior College on an athletic scholarship. He graduated in 1964 with an Associate of Arts Degree. Ronnie and his wife Sherry have three daughters. His daughter Angela is married to Lavaca’s Band Director, Chase Carter. He has two other daughters, Anita and Amanda. Ronnie and Sherry are the proud grandparents of six grandchildren. In November of 1967 Ronnie moved to a job as night shift computer operator for Data-Tronics Corporation. He feels that he is blessed to be working 40 years later for the same company as Manager of the Computer Center.

Board Member - Darren Smithson
Darren Smithson

Darren is a 1990 graduate of Lavaca High School. He is an APD Supervisor for Farmers Insurance. Darren and his wife Dawn have two children that attend Lavaca Public Schools. He currently serves in FBC Lavaca Kids Church weekly and teaches a married Sunday School Class. His vision for Lavaca Public Schools is to be a school that is the pride of the community, offering a quality education that is surpassed by none.

Board Member - Craig Carter
Craig Carter

Craig Carter graduated as valedictorian from Lavaca High School in 1990. He went on to receive his Bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Arkansas in 1994. Craig and his wife Sheryl have four daughters, Abby, Ally, Ashlyn and Anniston. Craig is employed as the Chief Financial Officer for Belmont Management Company. He is very active at First Baptist Lavaca where he works on the media ministry team.

School Board Meeting Dates

August 18
September 23
October 20
November 24
December 15

January 19
February 16
March 16
April 20
May 18
June 15

(The Lavaca School Board Meets regularly on the third Monday of every month.)


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