Johnny McCain announces plans to seek re-election

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Johnny McCain

Johnny McCain will be seeking re-election for Position 6 on the Manila School Board.

Johnny Mac, as he is known, has served on the school board for 15 years. The Manila native graduated from Manila High School in 1983. He is a retail coach for the United States Postal Service. When he is not in the Manila Post Office working, he is training new employees throughout Northeast Arkansas.

His goal in serving on the school board has always been to serve the students, teachers and community.

Johnny Mac has always been active in the community and especially enjoys coaching young people. He has coached peewee baseball, football, soccer, softball and served as an umpire and referee. He started in 1983 and is working on his third generation of young athletes.

In his 15 years on the school board he has been privileged to be part of building projects including a new middle school and a new elementary building.

A new high school is under construction.

“I thought and prayed a long time in making my decision to seek re-election,” McCain said. “We are in the middle of building a new high school and I would like to be there to see the project through. I am proud of the fact we will have a state of the art auditorium in the new school to promote our fine arts program. It is something I have felt we lacked. It will be one of the nicest school auditoriums in the state. With the new building and the growth expectations I think an experienced, steady hand is needed. I would to continue to serve our district.”

McCain played a major role in getting football back at MHS.

“We are always looking for new avenues for our students and exploring new opportunities,” he said. “There was a great interest in football by our students and fans.”

The best education for the students is his priority.

“We have seen an increase in test scores by at least 22-24 percent,” McCain said. “Our school is meeting all of the accreditation standards.”

McCain said he wants to be a voice for all of the people of the community.

“The decisions our board makes is for the kids,” he said.

McCain has served as president of the board four times during his years of service. He is presently serving as chief disbursing officer, a position he has held for three years.

“I have been on the board long enough to see the financial crisis in 2008,” he said. “I am proud to say our school district's financial standing is excellent. We have always tried to show our staff how much we appreciate them and try to reward them with a raise or a bonus for the job they do.”

McCain is married to the former Shea Stokes. She is also a MHS graduate. Shea also enjoys coaching young people and is involved with the concession stand at the Manila ball park.

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