Barbara L. Parsons
|Barbara L. Parsons|
|Board member, Monongalia School Board, At-large|
|Years in position||15|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||May 13, 2014|
|Bachelor's||West Virginia University|
|Master's||West Virginia University|
|Ph.D.||West Virginia University|
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.
|Monongalia County Schools, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Barbara L. Parsons Incumbent||29.6%||4,772|
|Nonpartisan||Mike Kelly Incumbent||27.8%||4,485|
|Nonpartisan||Clarence Harvey, Jr. Incumbent||22.6%||3,649|
|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.
Parsons did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.
|Monongalia County Schools, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2010|
|Nonpartisan||Clarence Harvey, Jr||17.4%||4,439|
|Nonpartisan||Rebecca S. Meyers||16.3%||4,169|
|Nonpartisan||Horace E. Belmear||8.6%||2,208|
|Nonpartisan||Harry V. Bertram||5.3%||1,347|
|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
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.
About the district
- See also: Monongalia County Schools, West Virginia
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.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
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- Monongalia County Schools, "President: Dr. Barbara L. Parsons," accessed April 13, 2014
- West Virginia Secretary of State, "Elections," accessed April 10, 2014
- Andrew Clay, 12 WBOY, "Mon. County School Request $11 Million for New School," March 19, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Monongalia County, West Virginia," accessed April 9, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed February 18, 2014
- West Virginia Secretary of State, "West Virginia Voter Registration," accessed April 11, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Monongalia County Schools Elections|
|Monongalia County, West Virginia|
|Election date:||May 13, 2014|
|Candidates:||At-large: • Barbara L. Parsons • Clarence Harvey, Jr. • Mike Kelly • Rob Core|
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|