Calvin McKinney

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Calvin McKinney
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Former candidate for
Board member, Kanawha County School Board, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 13, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWest Virginia University Institute of Technology
Master'sMarshall University, West Virginia College of Graduate Studies
ProfessionRetired educator
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Calvin McKinney was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Kanawha County school board in West Virginia on May 13, 2014.


McKinney has 40 years of experience in Kanawha County schools. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Arts from the West Virginia University Institute of Technology in 1968, a Master's degree in Counseling and Guidance from Marshall University in 1972 and a Master's degree in Education Administration from the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies in 1973. McKinney was a teacher at Roosevelt Junior High from 1969 to 1977, the assistant principal at Roosevelt Junior High from 1977 to 1978, the assistant principal at John Adams Junior High from 1978 to 1984 and the principal of Sissonville High from 1984 to 1998 and from 2002 to 2012. He is the president of the Kanawha County Schoolmasters Association, a deputy board member for the Secondary Schools Activities Commission, a member of the West Virginia Secondary Principals Association and a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. McKinney and his wife, Carol, have three children and five grandchildren.[1]



See also: Kanawha County Schools elections (2014)


Calvin McKinney challenged Curtis Robinson, Vic Sprouse, Becky Jordan, Pete Thaw, Ryan White and Tracy White for one of three at-large seats in the general election on May 13, 2014.


Kanawha County Schools, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRyan White 23% 14,403
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPete Thaw Incumbent 19.3% 12,101
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBecky Jordan Incumbent 15.2% 9,552
     Nonpartisan Calvin McKinney 14.3% 8,968
     Nonpartisan Vic Sprouse 13.4% 8,401
     Nonpartisan Tracy White 10.5% 6,571
     Nonpartisan Curtis Robinson 4.3% 2,669
Total Votes 62,665
Source: West Virginia Secretary of State, "Official Election Results," accessed June 23, 2014


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


McKinney did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

What was at stake?

Three seats on the Kanawha County board of education were at stake in the election on May 13, 2014. Incumbents Pete Thaw and Becky Jordan sought re-election against newcomers Curtis Robinson, Ryan White, Vic Sprouse, Tracy White and Calvin McKinney.

Issues in the district

Bottled water vs. tap water

In March 2014, the district made the decision to use tap water for drinking and cooking for the first time since the Freedom Industries chemical spill. Since the spill in January 2014, schools kept drinking fountains covered and provided bottled water for students. The decision to stop providing bottled water came after Governor Earl Ray Tomblin lifted a state of emergency for the county and requested additional tests for traces of crude MCHM at more than 100 schools across the state. All but one school came back at non-detect levels at a 2 parts per billion screening level. The screening level was stricter than Tomblin's initial 10 parts per billion level and 500 times more protective than the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 1 part per million recommendation. Because crude MCHM wasn't detected at the strict screening levels, Kanawha County school officials lifted the ban on tap water. Kanawha County Superintendent Ron Duerring said parents who do not want their children using tap water will need to send a note to their principal or teacher.

Some parents in the district were not happy they did not have notification of the decision sooner. Karan Ireland, a mother of two Kanawha County students, organized Citizens Actively Protecting the Environment and is encouraging members to push the county to provide bottled water for the remainder of the year. She believes the district deliberately did not give her group the opportunity to organize and that had parents been given that opportunity, they could have taken an inventory of the remaining bottled water and mobilized donation drives to bring in more supplies. She believes that many people do not drink tap water in their homes, and therefore students should not be drinking it in schools.[3]

About the district

See also: Kanawha County Schools, West Virginia
Kanawha County Schools is located in Kanawha County, West Virginia
Kanawha County Schools is located in Kanawha County, West Virginia. Kanawha County is home to 192,179 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4] Kanawha County Schools is the largest school district in West Virginia, serving 28,458 students during the 2010-2011 school year.[5]


Kanawha County outperformed in comparison to the rest of West Virginia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 24.3% of Kanawha 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 Kanawha County was $45,642 compared to $40,400 for the state of West Virginia. The poverty rate in Kanawha County was 14.2% compared to 17.6% for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Kanawha County (%) West Virginia (%)
White 89.0 94.0
Black or African American 7.5 3.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.2
Asian 1.1 0.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.0 0.0
Two or More Races 2.1 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 1.1 1.3

2013 Party Affiliation[6]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 69,167 51.9
Republican 37,452 28.1
Mountain 171 0.1
No Party 24,800 18.6
Other 1,670 1.3

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[7]

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