Sunnyside School District No. 201
Director, District 3

  • Description of Office
  • Mary Rita Rohde
  • Steve Winfree

School Districts

Yakima County is divided into 17 separate school districts, each governed by a
five-member board of directors who serve regular four (4) year terms. Their responsibilities focus on four areas: Quality of instruction, district planning, policy development and communications. Directors are local policy makers and serve as a link between the school system and the public.

Board members are elected in a nonpartisan general election by all voters within the school district. They receive no salary.  Board members are partners in a management team and share in a variety of management decisions from fiscal accounting, employment of teachers, educational materials, and facilities to transportation services.

School directors are called upon to be leaders in the following areas:
     √ assessing and reflecting the educational needs and values of the community;
     √ developing an educational philosophy;
     √ establishing school district goals;
     √ providing for program development activities;
     √ reviewing the financial needs of the districts;
     √ assuring systematic review and evaluation of all phases of the school program

Mary Rita Rohde

I have lived in the Lower Yakima Valley for over 30 years and served our District in various ways including the Ethics committee and Nuestra Casa’s Partners in Learning.

To help ensure all children receive the best education possible, students' families need to be engaged in their children's education.

I have been a high school teacher, principal, professor of education at Heritage University, and Toppenish School Board director.

I want to use my breadth of experience in education to meet the needs of Sunnyside’s children and families.

I would be honored to have your vote for Sunnyside School Board.

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Steve Winfree I have been a resident of the Sunnyside School District since 1976.  During that time I have been a chairperson of most of the bond issues for financing school buildings and levies for school operations.  I currently serve on a committee which evaluates school policies, and I volunteer in a classroom.  I have nearly 40 years of experience as a commercial attorney, working with boards of directors of private and governmental organizations.  I am committed to the district vision that all students will be successful.  My experience will contribute to effective leadership and I ask for your vote.