The Arkansas School Boards Association (ASBA) is a private, 501(c)(4) nonprofit, membership organization that provides leadership, training, advocacy and specialized services to school boards throughout Arkansas.

ASBA is an affiliate of the National School Boards Association, a federation of state school boards associations. Membership is open to school district boards, charter schools and educational service co-operatives. Businesses may apply as commercial affiliates.

“The mission of ASBA is to promote student focused leadership in public education through training, advocacy and service for local board members.”

The daily operations of ASBA are carried out by an Executive Director, who is hired by the Board of Directors, and the ASBA staff.

Specialized services include:

  • Board development
  • Legal consultation
  • Workers’ compensation insurance
  • Property, vehicle and builders’ risk insurance
  • Model policy service
  • Multi-state discount purchasing
  • Board errors and omissions (legal liability) insurance
  • Community engagement through Study Circles
  • Superintendent search service


More about ASBA

The Arkansas School Boards Association emerged in 1955 as an outgrowth of the activities of the Southwest Cooperative Program in Educational Administration. This program was designed to improve local public school administration in the Southwest Region of the United States.

Through this program a number of clinics for school board members were conducted in Arkansas during 1952, 1953 and 1954. The interest stimulated by the clinics resulted in the organization of the Arkansas School Boards Association by a small group of board members who met in DeWitt to discuss the formation of an association.

Key moments in ASBA’s history:

  • 1955 – Handbook for state’s school board members drafted in a workshop at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; organizational meeting held in November where attendees elected officers and adopted a constitution and by-laws
  • 1969 – ASBA office moved from Education Administration Building at the Univ. of Arkansas to the 1515 Building near the State Capitol in Little Rock; Executive Director hired on part-time basis
  • 1972 – ASBA became autonomous organization; full-time Executive Director hired; publication of ASBA Newsletter moved from Fayetteville to the ASBA office; Certificate of Incorporation for Domestic Non-profit Corporation granted
  • 1973 – Section 501(c)(4) tax-exempt ruling granted by Internal Revenue Service
  • 1979 – Building at 815 Bishop purchased and offices moved
  • 1983 – Lot purchased at 808 High Street (now Dr. M. L. King, Jr. Drive); construction on new building began in 1986
  • 1987 – Moved into new, 5,668 square-foot, two-story building; Arkansas First Lady Hillary Clinton dedicated building
  • 2008 – ASBA Board of Directors approved purchase of Baldwin & Shell Construction Company building at 523 South Ringo; Arkansas Children’s Hospital signed contract to purchase existing ASBA building on Dr. M. L. King, Jr. Drive
  • 2009 – Moved into new office space at corner of 6th and Ringo Streets (523 S. Ringo) with almost double the amount of office space and available parking of previous site; office staff of 22 serve ASBA members

Building_ExtASBA Building at the corner of 6th and Ringo Streets


More about ASBA

From Interstate 40: take Interstate 30 westbound toward Little Rock; then go west on Interstate 630 to the Chester exit; turn left (north) on Chester; turn left onto 6th Street; go one block; ASBA parking lot entrance is on right on 6th; you may also turn right on Ringo and enter the ASBA parking lot.

From Interstate 30: go toward downtown Little Rock and take the Interstate 630 exit; go west on Interstate 630 to the Chester exit; turn left (north) on Chester; turn left onto 6th Street; go one block; ASBA parking lot entrance is on right on 6th; you may also turn right on Ringo and enter the ASBA parking lot.


The Arkansas School Boards Association (ASBA) follows a set of Bylaws, most recently revised in December 2017. Click here for a PDF of the entire document.

Board of Directors

The ASBA Board of Directors provides leadership of the organization. Members in each of ASBA’s 14 regions elect a director during the fall Regional Meetings to represent their respective regions. Directors serve staggered three-year terms. Click here to see which districts fall into each region.

School board members who wish to serve as a Regional Director shall submit a Regional Director Nomination Form from their local school boards. The form shall be provided to the ASBA President, with a copy to the Executive Director, at least 14 days before the Regional Meeting at which the election will be held. Read ASBA Bylaws, Article IV, Section 5, regarding criteria and nomination information.

ASBA officers are elected at the Delegate Assembly, which is held during the annual ASBA Conference in December. A person who wishes to serve as President-elect, Vice President or Secretary-Treasurer of the ASBA Board of Directors shall submit an ASBA Officer Declaration of Intent Form to the ASBA President, with a copy to the Executive Director, at least 30 days before the annual meeting of the Delegate Assembly.

Beliefs and Resolutions

Each year at the annual ASBA Conference the Delegate Assembly considers and votes on a set of Beliefs and Resolutions. On Wednesday, December 11, 2019, the Delegates approved the 2019 Beliefs and Resolutions. The proposed 2020 Beliefs and Resolutions will be considered at the Annual Conference on December 9, 2020.

A completed and signed copy of the Form to Submit a Change to the ASBA Beliefs and Resolutions must reach the ASBA President at least ten (10) working days prior to the Delegate Assembly to propose a change to the ASBA Beliefs and Resolutions.

ASBA Board of Directors

The ASBA Board of Directors provides leadership of the organization. Members in each of ASBA’s 14 regions elect a director during the fall Regional Meetings to represent their respective regions. Directors serve staggered three-year terms. ASBA officers are elected at the Delegate Assembly, which is held during the annual ASBA Conference in December.

Officers of the Board

Rosa Bowman

Tad Margolis
President Elect
Valley View

William Campbell
Vice President

Randy Hutchinson

Randy Goodnight
Past President

Regional Directors

Travis Warren
Region 1

Randy Rogers
Region 2
Lead Hill

Dr. Julea Garner
Region 3

Kyle Cannon
Region 4

Clint Hull
Region 5

Nikki King
Region 6

D'James Rogers
Region 7
West Memphis

Jereme Carter
Region 8

Joey Astin
Region 9
Forrest City

Mark Curry
Region 10
Lake Hamilton

Carl (Buddy) Puckett
Region 11

Laura Clark
Region 12

Doris Parham
Region 13

Jerry Daniels
Region 14

Board Members

The school board sets the direction of the district, ensures that it is properly administered, establishes policy and represents the education interests of the community. The superintendent is the district’s chief executive officer (CEO) who carries out policy and day-to-day administration of the schools.

No individual board member has any power or authority and must never attempt to act as an administrator of the school system. Board members can act only as a group. No single board member has the right to make any decision for the rest of the board. The only time board members may transact any business is when they meet in a legally convened session.

Arkansas school boards are authorized to:

  • Prescribe the form of school organization, such as grade levels for elementary, middle and high schools
  • Specify the size, type, style, quality and location of district buildings, within Arkansas Department of Education guidelines and with its approval
  • Choose the superintendent and approve the hiring of teachers, subject to state licensing requirements
  • Determine the types and amount of school equipment
  • Decide what will be taught in order to meet or exceed state standards
  • Determine the extent of student transportation
  • Adopt appropriate policies and procedures that are consistent with the law for students, staff, parents and volunteers

More specifically, a board of education is obligated to:

  • Comply with state and federal laws and the policies and regulations of state education agencies
  • Determine the district’s education philosophy and goals
  • Choose the superintendent and work constructively with him or her
  • Contribute to improving the education opportunities of every child in the district
  • Develop, adopt and regularly review policies that will attract and keep the personnel who can promote the district’s education aims
  • Follow a budgeting process and adopt policies and procedures to ensure financials are legally and effectively managed
  • Review and approve an annual audit of the school district
  • Provide appropriate and sound physical facilities
  • Appraise district activities in relation to established goals and objectives

In 2009, the Legislature revised the statute outlining the powers and duties of school board members. Click here for § 6-13-620 which describes what board members may do in their elected roles. In 2011, the Legislature passed a requirement that school board members receive training in how to read and interpret an audit. That law, now Act 1213, is linked here. The law that addresses board training and reimbursement is § 6-13-629, which is linked here.


The public expects high standards of its elected officials, and school board service is no exception. Arkansas school board members are expected to act in the best interests of students, parents, staff and other community residents. They should be aware of and follow the laws that address nepotism and conflict of interest, and they must file financial disclosure forms.

To aid Arkansas school board members, we have linked related documents for easy reference.

Code of Ethics

Read the School Board Member Code of Ethics.

Statement of Financial Interest

School board members annually must file by January 31 a Statement of Financial Interest, and candidates must file it as well; see “Statement of Financial Interest” under “School Board Candidate ” at the Arkansas Ethics Commission website (http://www.arkansasethics.com/).

Arkansas Department of Education Rules and Regulations Governing Ethical Guidelines and Prohibitions for Educational Administrators, Employees, Board Members and Other Parties (November 2011)

The guidelines set forth prohibitions for board members regarding doing business with the school district on which they serve on the board; discussing or voting on matters in which the board member has a direct or indirect interest; and family members of board members having business interests with the school district.

Arkansas Department of Education Rules Governing the Code of Ethics for Arkansas Educators (September 2010)

These rules define standards of professional conduct and outline procedures for investigations and enforcement of the Code of Ethics.

Board Candidates

The first question a school board candidate should ask is “why am I really running for school board?” It may be hard to imagine, but some people run for school board to “get rid of someone” or because they have a personal agenda they wish to fulfill. These are not good intentions when running for the school board.

Serving on an Arkansas school board is serious business. In fact, tougher state accountability laws and rules can result in removal from office of entire school boards. School boards in Arkansas are expected to fulfill the roles and responsibilities outlined in 6-13-620. Click here to view ASBA's Candidate Guide for more information.

To be eligible to run for a school board position, you must be a qualified voter residing in the school district, and in the respective zone if members are elected from zones. You may not be an employee of the district (a family member employed by the district does not disqualify you from running for office).

School board candidate qualifications:

  • Must be a qualified elector of the school district served whose name has been filed and certified by the county clerk of the county in which the school district is domiciled for administrative purposes ACA §§6-13-616, 6-14-111
  • Must be a U.S. citizen Amendment 51, §6
  • Must be an Arkansas resident Amendment 51, §6
  • Must be a resident of the district and respective electoral zone if elected from zones ACA §§6-13-631
  • Must not be an employee of the school district served ACA §6-13-616
  • Must not claim the right to vote in another county or state Amendment 51, §6
  • Must not presently be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction Amendment 51, §6
  • Must never have been convicted of embezzlement of public money, bribery, forgery, or other infamous crime Article 5, §9

The School Board Elections tab contains additional information on candidate requirements and timelines.

School Board Elections

To run for school board, visit your county clerk’s office to request a packet of material about running for office.

  • School board candidates circulate petitions to gather signatures of at least 20 qualified residents of the district (and electoral zone if school board members are elected from zones). Petition timelines are listed below.
For Districts Whose Local Policy Calls For May Elections

For elections held during odd years:

  • candidates may begin circulating petitions 90 days prior to March 1
  • candidate filing period begins February 22 and closes March 1
  • election Day is third Tuesday in May

For elections held during even years concurrent with the presidential election:

  • candidates may begin circulating petitions 90 days prior to the second Monday in November
  • candidate filing period opens first Monday in November and closes second Monday in November
  • election day is Tuesday after the first Monday in March

For elections held during even years concurrent with Arkansas governor election:

  • candidates may begin circulating petitions 90 days prior to March 1
  • candidate filing period begins February 22 and closes March 1
  • election day is Tuesday four weeks prior to the third Tuesday in June
For Districts Whose Local Policy Calls For November Elections

For elections held during odd and even years:

  • candidates may begin circulating petitions 90 days prior to August 1
  • candidate filing period begins July 25 and closes August 1
  • election day is Tuesday after the first Monday in November
  • Candidate petitions and filing dates are available on the Secretary of State’s website.
  • Candidates are required to make specific timely financial filings. Information about those requirements can be found on the Arkansas Ethics Commission website.
  • A write-in candidate may submit a notice of intent to be a candidate instead of the petition with signatures by the deadline.
  • Runoffs, if needed, are held four weeks after the election.

The Board Candidates tab contains specific information on qualifications.

Membership Benefits


Board Training

ASBA helps board members acquire the knowledge and skills they need to better serve their school communities. This training is done through workshops, seminars, conferences, online courses, and webinars for both veteran and new board members.

Training focuses on leadership development, school law, finance, audit, personnel matters, student hearings, and more. Specialized training can be developed to meet a board’s specific needs, including strengthening the board- superintendent leadership relationship.

Policy Service

Most districts do not have the resources to monitor every education law change that occurs. For this reason, ASBA developed its Model Policy Service. Subscribers to the service receive policy updates that are extensively researched and include legal citations.

Every school district must keep its policies current. Our Model Policy Service is a cost-effective way to ensure that the district complies with state and federal laws.

Legal Assistance

Often board members and administrators encounter issues regarding personnel, students or policy and need help to ensure they make sound decisions. ASBA’s staff attorney can assist by phone and guide you through district legal situations. We also provide board and staff training on school law.

Legal consultation is confidential and tailored to your specific need. ASBA can provide templates or custom letters to assist with the personnel discipline process. Many districts find that the availability of legal consultation alone exceeds the value of their membership investment.

Risk Management

Property, vehicle and board legal liability insurance – all are necessary to reduce a district’s potential financial risk. ASBA offers these, along with workers’ compensation insurance, to its member districts. Through its loss control program and training, ASBA helps districts lessen the chance of an accident or injury.

Schools are our sole clients, so our insurance and loss control programs specifically address your needs. We make sure that you are covered fully so that you don’t get hit with surprises, like unexpected coverage limitations when you file a claim. As a non-profit, self-insurance pool, we work hard to keep premiums as low as possible and never include commissions in our rates.

Board Member Focus

School boards are our primary focus, and all Arkansas school boards belong to ASBA. While every board deals with similar issues, our programs and services exist to meet the specific needs of boards in districts both large and small, rural and urban.

No other organization solely focuses its efforts on helping board members do a good job in their elected roles. The ASBA Board of Directors is made up of school board members in their own communities. They direct the activities of ASBA through the Executive Director and staff.


ASBA is a respected voice for school boards and public education. ASBA speaks out on the issues important to all school board members and the students they serve.

The ASBA legislative team works to pass important legislation. The team also works with legislators to improve bills by suggesting changes or explaining why the draft bill is not good for children.

The 2021 General Session will be challenging with changes at all levels of state government and within the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). ASBA will formulate new legislation to provide more flexibility at the local level, monitor proposed legislation, and work to stop any that would limit local control school boards and communities need to best serve Arkansas students.

Other Services
  • Texas-Arkansas Purchasing System (TAPS): Our multi-state purchasing program meets bidding requirements and features deep discounts from popular national vendors for equipment, supplies, and furniture.
  • Accidental Death Policy: Each ASBA school board member automatically receives insurance coverage for school-related travel.
  • Group Insurance: School employees may participate in ASBA-endorsed insurance programs providing life, long-term disability, and business trip AD&D insurance coverage.
  • Scholarship Program: ASBA’s competitive college scholarship program awards five scholarships each year through the ASBA Educational Foundation to children of school board members.
Your Investment

Each district’s annual ASBA membership fee is based on the district’s actual annual revenues published by the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education:

District RevenueMembership Fee
$0 to $1 million$ 1,000
$1 million to $3.499,999$ 1,350
$3.5 million to $7,499,999$ 1,550
$7.5 million to $11,499,999$ 1,800
$11.5 million to $15.999,999$ 2,050
$16 million to $99,999,999$ 2,300
$100 million and above$ 2,400 

*An invoice for a district’s annual membership fee is mailed to each superintendent in July.


The Arkansas School Boards Association’s mission is to promote student focused leadership in public education through training, advocacy and services for local school boards. One of the key questions we ask ourselves in executing our mission is, “Is it good for kids?”
We embrace the idea that a quality education should be available to all Arkansas children. With financial resources dwindling, local school boards are looking for ways to make every dollar count in their communities.

ASBA values partnerships with businesses interested in supporting public education in Arkansas. Education decision makers want to do business with businesses they can trust. They want to do business with companies that are good neighbors. In joining the ASBA Commercial Affiliate program, you not only demonstrate that you believe in a quality education for all students, you also have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with decision makers in the public education market in Arkansas.
ASBA Usage of Fees Collected from Commercial Affiliates and Vendors: Commercial Affiliate revenue received from vendors will be used by ASBA to pay operational expenses such as professional development, advocacy services, attorney services or other operational expenditures.


As a 2018 Commercial Affiliate, you may choose one of three partnerships with ASBA. Below is an outline of benefits available with each partnership.


ASBA offers the opportunity to sponsor special events to Commercial Affiliate Partners. We are a private, not-for-profit organization and we rely on the support of organizations like yours to help us in our mission of “promoting student focused leadership in public education through training, advocacy and services for local school boards.”

Become an Affiliate

Commercial Affiliates play a vital role in supporting Arkansas public schools—helping to support the programs and activities we provide to strengthen and improve public school governance in our state. In doing that you also enhance your visibility among the state’s locally elected school boards and their superintendents. These decision-makers approve the purchase of products and services for their school districts.
Become a member today! Download, print, and submit the 2020-2021 Commercial Affiliate Membership Form and Contract; or, register online to save time and postage, and expedite your membership renewal.

You may choose to be invoiced for payment or pay online by credit card. Note: Commercial affiliate fees and sponsorships are not deductible as charitable contributions.

If you have any questions, please contact Angela Ellis at 501-372-1415.

Commercial Affiliate Members

Premier Partners

American Fidelity

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American Fidelity

1701 Centerview Drive, Suite 110
Little Rock, AR 72211


American Fidelity

Lisa Boone

American Fidelity provides employer cost-savings solutions and supplemental insurance benefits to the education community. Acting as an extension of your human resources department, we educate, enroll, and support the development of robust, competitive insurance packages—all while ensuring seamless administration and employee satisfaction.


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2201 Brookwood Drive
Little Rock, AR 72202



David Rutledge

Custom apps, websites, and tools to build your schools digital marketing strategy

BXS Insurance

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BXS Insurance

PO Box 251510, Suite 300
Little Rock, AR 72225


BXS Insurance

Bill Birch

School Board Legal Liability, Employment Practices, CYBER, Special Events-Coverage

First Security Beardsley

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First Security Beardsley

521 President Clinton Avenue,
Suite 800 Little Rock, AR 72201


First Security Beardsley

Scott Beardsley

Financial advisory services for school districts

Homeland Safety Systems, Inc.

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Homeland Safety Systems, Inc.

724 West 61st Street
Shreveport, LA 71106


Homeland Safety Systems, Inc.

Mike Elliott

Educational and Correctional Digital Surveillance, Acess Control & Telecommunications

Jackson Brown Palculict Architects

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Jackson Brown Palculict Architects

12921 Cantrell Road, Suite 201
Little Rock, AR 72203


Jackson Brown Palculict Architects

Randall Palculict

Full service architectural design services including, but not limited to: feasibility studies, master planning, site analysis/consulting, programming and space utilization analysis, project funding acquisition assistance, millage campaign assistance.

Pro Benefits Group

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Pro Benefits Group

245 Hobson Avenue
Hot Springs, AR 71913


Pro Benefits Group

Gary Kandlebinder

Deferred compensation and retirement planning; ATRS/TDROP training

Stephens, Inc.

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Stephens, Inc.

111 Center Street, Suite 2300
Little Rock, AR 72201


Stephens, Inc.

Jason Holsclaw

Investment banking, financial advisory services

Texas-Arkansas Purchasing System (TAPS)

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Texas-Arkansas Purchasing System (TAPS)

4845 US Hwy 271 North
Pittsburg, TX 75686


Texas-Arkansas Purchasing System (TAPS)

Mickey McFatridge

Purchasing cooperative serving school districts, colleges and universities; and state, county and city municipalities

Exhibiting and Supporting Partners

3411 One Place
Jonesboro, AR 72404


All-Clean USA

Melissa Martin

Property restoration; specializing in water, fire, smoke and mold damage; weather based disaster recovery services

9797 Aero Drive, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92123



Marybeth Hines

A College and Career Readiness System, AVID addresses the opportunity gap so that the achievement gap may be closed, regardless of students' ethnicity, background, parents' level of education, or academic standing. We work alongside your leadership team to implement, guide, and coach to reach your district's objectives so that all students can succeed in college, career, and life.

1102 S Happy Hollow Rd
Fayetteville, AR 72701


C.R. Crawford Construction, LLC

Jordan Ligon

C.R. Crawford Construction provides comprehensive professional services to help school districts initiate and successfully complete school facility projects.

710 Jones Street
Little Rock, AR 72205


Capital Business Machines, Inc.

Ben Higgs

Sales and service for Kyocera copiers, printers and MFP’s; HP printers; Risco duplicators

420 Lake Lane
North Little Rock, AR 72117


Central State Bus Sales, Inc.

Mike Wingerter

New and used school bus sales

1323 South Tyler
Little Rock, AR 72204



Kellye Neal


You want the very best for your students, and we’re here to help with nutritious, kid-approved food, and innovative

programs. Food is a big part of everyone’s well-being and students need a place to eat where they can connect with others,

recharge, and enjoy a sense of happiness in their school. That’s why we serve food kids love to eat and create

programs that encourage fun and discovery. We’re dedicated to serving up happy & healthy to every student, every day.

Ask about Chartwells new sister company, SchoolEats, designed for districts with enrollment size under 1,500.

650 S. Shackleford Road, Suite 400
Little Rock, AR 72211


Cobb & Suskie, Ltd.

Michael Cobb

Cobb & Suskie is a public accounting firm performing independent audits of public school districts.

P.O. Box 1800
Morrilton, AR 72110


Crow Construction and Paving

Morgan Zimmerman

Crow is a full service commercial construction and engineering firm headquartered in Central Arkansas. We provide construction management, design build, general construction, and engineering services.

1403 E 6th Street
Little Rock, AR 72202



Rick Vance

Comprehensive turnkey solutions including energy savings performance contracting, commissioning, energy modeling, building testing, lighting solutions, renewable energy, water conservation, and sustainability consulting.

1 Medical Drive, Suite 200
Paragould, AR 72450



Tammy Winn

ESS specializes in placing qualified staff in daily, long-term, and permanent K-12 school district positions including substitute teachers, paraprofessionals, and other school support staff. Over the last 19 years, we have innovated education staffing to provide dynamic solutions to school districts and professional opportunities to passionate educators.

12600 Lawson Road
Little Rock, AR 72210


Kinco Constructors

Robert Hileman

Kinco Constructors exists to be the constructor of choice in our market, providing the most value for our clients, team members, and industry partners.

1111 Texas Boulevard
Texarkana, TX 75501


KLC Video Security

Bill King

Video Surveillance, Access Control and Bus Surveillance Systems. As well as Vape Detectors and Cleaning/Sanitizing Robots.

11725 Arbor St., Suite 220
Omaha, NE 68144


McPherson & Jacobson, LLC Executive Recruitment

Thomas Jacobson

Executive search and recruitment specializing in searches for school district administrators (superintendents, principals, central office staff, etc.)

PO Box One
Graham, TX 76450


Southern Bleacher Company

Sarah Lundgren

Since 1946, Southern Bleacher has set the standard for high school bleachers, college stadiums, fairgrounds, speedways and more. Fans in every U.S. state and Canada cheer from Southern Bleacher grandstands.

11401 Diamond Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72117


Summit Bus

David Carney: Richard Cooper

Summit Bus handles new and used bus sales and leasing at five locations in Arkansas serving your parts and service needs for all makes and models of school buses.

901 W. Third Street
Little Rock, AR 72201


WER Architects/Planners

Kate Dimitrova

WER Architects is a full-service architecture and interior design firm with offices in Little Rock and Northwest Arkansas. We believe that quality architecture creates better places. Better places to learn, live, heal, work. We believe that architecture enriches lives. As architects and interior designers, we believe all projects should be beautiful, purposeful, efficient, durable, belong to their surroundings, and elevate the human spirit. It is what we live for. Every day.

Foundation History

The Arkansas School Boards Association established an Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity, to support public education in Arkansas. The foundation established a scholarship program in 1992, and the first scholarships were awarded in 1994.

The Arkansas School Boards Association Educational Foundation Scholarship Program benefits the children of ASBA-affiliated Arkansas school board members. Recipients must attend two-year or four-year Arkansas institutions of higher education.

Five scholarships are awarded annually, one from each of the state’s four congressional districts and one at-large named the J.K. Williams Memorial Scholarship in honor of a longtime educator and former ASBA Executive Director. A committee assigned by the ASBA Board of Directors reviews scholarship applications and determine awardees. Awards are made before the fall school term.

Click here to view the Educational Foundation brochure, which includes a donation card.

Scholarship Program

Since 1994 the ASBA Educational Foundation has awarded college scholarships to children of Arkansas school board members. The awards are based on a student’s academic record and leadership potential. Each one-time Freshman Scholarship is $650 and will be and offered to entering freshmen at Arkansas two-year or four-year institutions of higher education. One award is made in each of the four congressional districts.

A one-time $650 scholarship, the J.K. Williams Memorial Scholarship named in honor of former ASBA Executive Director J.K. Williams, is awarded to the son/daughter/legal ward of an ASBA-affiliated Arkansas school board member who is pursuing an advanced degree in the field of education.

An applicant must be the child of a publicly elected Arkansas school board member, and the applicant’s parent/legal guardian must serve on his/her local school board at some time during the school year in which the scholarship is awarded. The scholarship selection committee will evaluate applications based on:

  • Academic performance
  • Demonstrated leadership
  • Community involvement
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Special talents or unique endeavors
  • Future educational and career plans

Application submissions must include:

  1. Completed ASBA Educational Foundation Scholarship Application Form
  2. Three letters of recommendation (one each) from a teacher; principal or assistant principal; and a member of the community
  3. Student’s official transcript (seven semesters)
  4. An essay of no more than 500 words written by the student expressing goals, future plans, past activities, life/educational influences and a statement about how the scholarship would help the student to achieve his/her education and goals.
  5. A counselor-completed form and statement to include student’s seven-semester grade point average; class standing (rank and size of class); PACT/PSAT/ACT/SAT scores with state rank; End-of-course exam scores; and other pertinent information

The scholarship application deadline is MARCH 1 of the year in which the student will enter college. Click here for a Freshman scholarship application in fillable PDF format. For the J.K. Williams scholarship application in fillable PDF format, click here.


Dr. Tony Prothro
Executive Director

Dr. Anne Butcher
Board Development Director

Dan Jordan
Governmental Relations Director

Diana Woodward
Finance Director

Sherri Fite
Communications & Technology Director

Lucas Harder
Policy Services Director

Kathy Ivy
Database Administrator

Angela Ellis
Commercial Affiliates/Board Liaison Manager

Mickey McFatridge
TIPS/TAPS Project Manager

Jay Bequette
General Counsel (on retainer)

Risk Management Program & Workers’ Compensation Trust

Shannon Moore
Risk Management Program Director

Krista Glover
Risk Management Specialist

Dwayne McAnally
Loss Control Consultant

Misty Thompson
Workers’ Comp Claims Supervisor

Linda Collins
Risk Management Analyst

Lisa Wigginton
Workers’ Comp Claims Adjuster

Melody Tipton
Workers’ Comp Claims Adjuster

Kara Quinton
Workers’ Comp Adjuster

LaVerne Witherspoon
Workers’ Comp Claims Assistant