Barbara L. Parsons

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Barbara L. Parsons
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Board member, Monongalia School Board, At-large
Term ends
Years in position 15
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 13, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWest Virginia University
Master'sWest Virginia University
Ph.D.West Virginia University
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Barbara L. Parsons holds an at-large seat on the Monongalia County Schools school board in West Virginia. She was initially appointed to the chamber in 2000 and won re-election on May 13, 2014. Parsons currently serves as the board's president.


Parsons holds a bachelor's degree in Family Resources, a master's degree in Industrial and Labor Relations and a doctorate in Education from West Virginia University. She is a graduate of the Leadership West Virginia Class of 1992 and coordinated the Leadership Monongalia program for 14 years. Parsons is a member of Monongalia County’s Metropolitan Planning Organization. She has also has served on the Morgantown Utility Board, the Board of Lutheran Senior Service, the Personnel Committee of the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties and the Monongalia County Extension Services advisory board. Additionally, Parsons currently serves as membership liaison for the West Virginia School Building Authority’s executive committee. She has appeared before the West Virginia Legislature’s House Education and Joint Finance Committees as an advocate for local boards of education and has presented proposals on education governance to the West Virginia Commission on Governance and Administration. Parsons is a former assistant professor of management at Fairmont State and West Virginia University. She has also held the positions of vice president of Employee Relations at Fairmont General Hospital and corporate director of Human Resources at Monongalia Health System. She retired May 2012 as director of Educational Services for Monongalia Health System. Parsons resides in Morgantown with her husband, Dietrich Schaupp.[1]



See also: Monongalia County Schools elections (2014)


Barbara Parsons faced incumbents Clarence Harvey, Jr. and Mike Kelly as well as Rob Core for one of three at-large seats in the general election on May 13, 2014.


Monongalia County Schools, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara L. Parsons Incumbent 29.6% 4,772
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMike Kelly Incumbent 27.8% 4,485
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngClarence Harvey, Jr. Incumbent 22.6% 3,649
     Nonpartisan Rob Core 20% 3,229
Total Votes 16,135
Source: West Virginia Secretary of State, "Official Election Results," accessed June 23, 2014


Parsons did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the West Virginia Secretary of State.[2]


Parsons did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.


Monongalia County Schools, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Parsons 22.8% 5,827
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngClarence Harvey, Jr 17.4% 4,439
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMike Kelly 16% 4,089
     Nonpartisan Rebecca S. Meyers 16.3% 4,169
     Nonpartisan Donna Tennant 13.6% 3,478
     Nonpartisan Horace E. Belmear 8.6% 2,208
     Nonpartisan Harry V. Bertram 5.3% 1,347
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.1% 25
Total Votes 25,582
Source: Monongalia County Clerk, "2010 Primary Election Results," accessed April 11, 2014

What was at stake?

Three seats on the Monongalia County school board were at stake in the May elections. Incumbents Barbara L. Parsons, Clarence Harvey, Jr. and Mike Kelly sought re-election to their respective seats against Rob Core.

Issues in the district

New school

The Monongalia County school board is asking the state school building authority (SBA) for nearly $11 million of the $16 million needed to build a new elementary school in the district. The board is looking at replacing 96-year-old Suncrest Primary Elementary, which is in need of upgrades and overpopulated. The land for the new school has already been secured and the district administration supports the decision. Schools across the state have asked for more than $100 million in funding for similar projects from the SBA. However, the SBA has said it only has $45 million to allocate statewide. It will make its funding decisions in April 2014.[3]

About the district

See also: Monongalia County Schools, West Virginia
Monongalia County Schools is located in Monongalia County, West Virginia
Monongalia County Schools is located in Monongalia County, West Virginia. Monongalia County is home to 102,274 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4] Monongalia County Schools is the seventh-largest school district in West Virginia, serving 10,731 students during the 2010-2011 school year.[5]


Monongalia County outperformed the rest of West Virginia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 37.3% of Monongalia County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 17.9% for West Virginia as a whole. The median household income in Monongalia County was $41,326 compared to $40,400 for the state of West Virginia. The poverty rate in Monongalia County was 22.6% compared to 17.6% for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Monongalia County (%) West Virginia (%)
White 91.2 94.0
Black or African American 3.8 3.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.2
Asian 3.0 0.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.0
Two or More Races 1.8 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 1.9 1.3

2013 Party Affiliation[6]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 27,029 48.4
Republican 15,943 28.6
Mountain 85 0.2
Other 727 1.3
No Party 12,053 21.6

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[7][8]

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