Johnny McCain announces plans to seek school board seat

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Johnny McCain announces plans to seek re-election on the Manila School Board for a third term. He has served as president and held other officer positions in his 10 years of service.

Johnny McCain

"Manila School District has a good future," McCain said. "The school is the largest employer in town. It is one area that all people have in common and can have a part in. The school belongs to the whole district. I have always been open to people and welcome their ideas and suggestions.

"Everyone contributes to a good school. I have always and will continue to make decisions on what is best for our students and what is best for our staff. I have never put my personal agenda ahead of what I think is best for the Manila School District."

McCain said his number one goal has always been to ensure the best opportunities for the young people of the area. He is a Manila High School graduate and has dedicated much of the last 30 years to the young people in Manila. He has served as basketball, baseball, and soccer coach, umpired ball games, tutored and volunteered where he was needed. He serves as announcer for the home football games.

He is married to the former Shea Stokes, and he has a stepdaughter, Charlie, a junior at Manila High School.

McCain has trained hard in order to be well informed and do a good job for the district, he said. He presently has 128 hours of training to his credit. He has been certified as a Master School Board member. Less than 10 percent of all school members state-wide acquire this Master status. He is working on the next level (200 hours).

McCain has served on the board through two major building projects, the middle school and the elementary facility, and feels his experience will be an asset to future building projects as the administration and board look into a new high school building project. He feels with the new Common Core Standards being implemented throughout the state, his board training will help address these issues.

"We have seven board members and three have less than three years experience," McCain said. "I think my experience through some difficult situations can be beneficial in future projects and the implementation of the Common Core Standards."

McCain is an employee of the Postal Service where he has worked for 12 years. He has served as clerk at the Manila Post Office since 2005.

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