Virginia S. Volker
|Virginia S. Volker|
|Board Member, Birmingham Board of Education, District 2|
|October 22, 2013|
|Years in position||17|
|Panel of American Women|
|Alabama Women's Agenda|
|Birmingham Chapter of the National Organization for Women|
|Alabama Women's Political Caucus|
|Alabama New South Coalition|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||August 27, 2013|
|First elected||April 9, 2002|
|Bachelor's||University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa|
|Master's||University of Alabama School of Medicine, Harvard University|
|Date of birth||1940|
|Place of birth||Jasper, Alabama|
|Profession||Retired biologist and educator|
Virginia S. Volker represented District 2 on the Birmingham City School Board. She was first appointed to the seat in 1998 and first elected in 2002. She lost her re-election bid on August 27, 2013. Her term ended on October 22, 2013.
Volker was born in Jasper, Alabama in 1940. She earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa and graduate degrees in Human Anatomy and Public Administration from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and Harvard University, respectively. Professionally, Volker spent several years as a faculty member of the Biology Department at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, where she developed specialized anatomy programs which have been used to train many health professionals. Additionally, she has been an active community leader for decades, pioneering several organizations to advocate for civil as well as women's rights in the Birmingham area.
Virginia S. Volker unsuccessfully sought re-election against challenger Lyord Watson, Jr. on August 27, 2013.
|Birmingham City Schools, District 2 General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Lyord Watson, Jr.||62%||1,510|
|Nonpartisan||Virginia S. Volker Incumbent||38%||927|
|Source: Birmingham Office of the City Clerk, "City Election - August 27, 2013," accessed August 28, 2013 These results are unofficial and not certified. They will be updated once certified results are available.|
No campaign donations or expenditures for Virginia S. Volker were reported to the Alabama Secretary of State during her 2013 campaign.
Virginia S. Volker did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.
|Birmingham City Schools, District 2 General Election, 4-year term, 2009|
|Nonpartisan||Virginia S. Volker Incumbent||68.1%||1,876|
|Nonpartisan||Robert V. Carter||31.9%||880|
|Source: Birmingham Office of the City Clerk, "General Municipal Election - August 25, 2009," accessed August 13, 2013|
What was at stake?
Nine seats, including every board officer position, were at stake. Three members of the controversial "Gang of Five" coalition of board members were on the ballot. These members were Emanuel B. Ford, Virginia S. Volker and Tyrone H. Belcher, Sr., all of whom lost their re-election bids. Incumbents Carol E. Clarke, W. J. Maye Jr. and Phyllis F. Wyne did not seek re-election.
On June 26, 2012, the Alabama Department of Education assumed control of Birmingham City Schools after the school board failed to pass a measure that would have cut hundreds of jobs over two years to bring the district into compliance with state law. The discovery that schools in the district were operating without the mandated month of emergency reserve funds, which amounted to approximately $20 million, was another contributor to the state takeover. Since the takeover, the school board has consolidated seven schools and six office buildings in an effort to save the district approximately $8 million.
About the district
The Birmingham City School District was created in 1910 when the Alabama State Legislature passed a bill creating Greater Birmingham. Through this bill, 40 schools were annexed by the Birmingham Free School, most of them substandard and in disrepair. Birmingham City Schools is now comprised of 51 schools including 25 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, seven K-8 schools, seven high schools, and one alternative school.
Jefferson County outperforms the rest of Alabama in terms of median household income, poverty rates and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income for Jefferson County is $45,750 when compared to $42,934 for the state of Alabama. The percentage of people below poverty level for Jefferson County is 16.2% while it is 17.6% for the state of Alabama. The 2010 U.S. Census also found that 29.0% of Jefferson County residents aged 25 or older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 22.0% in Iowa
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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- District page
- Office website
- Alabama Learning Exchange
- Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (dead link)
- Birmingham City Schools, "Ms. Virginia S. Volker," accessed August 15, 2013
- Alabama Secretary of State, "Search FCPA Reports," accessed August 28, 2013
- Marie Leech, AL.com, "Three incumbent Birmingham school board members voted out (update)," August 27, 2013
- Marissa Mitchell, ABC 3340, "Qualifying candidates for Birmingham mayoral, city council, school board races," July 12, 2013
- Sherea Harris and Brianne Britzius, Fox 6 WBRC, "State will take over Birmingham schools starting Wednesday," July 3, 2012
- Evan Belanger, AL.com, "Birmingham schools intervention could stretch into fall 2014, education official says," June 27, 2013
- Birmingham City Schools, "History of the Birmingham City Schools" accessed July 16, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Guide to 2010 Census State and Local Geography - Alabama," accessed August 13, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Jefferson County Quick Facts," accessed August 13, 2013
- Alabama Secretary of State, "Elections Information," accessed August 14, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
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