Sunnyside School District No. 201
Director, District 5

  • Description of Office
  • Dylan Gardner

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

Dylan Gardner

My wife and I have been married for 20 years and have four children in the Sunnyside schools.  I have lived in Sunnyside for 15 years, and have managed BIMART pharmacy for the last 13.  I graduated from Idaho State University in 1998. While attending ISU I was in the US Army reserves.  I learned Spanish while I lived in the Dominican Republic for 2 years.

To me, a quality education has several components:  a good understanding of math, reading, science, writing and the humanities.  It is important to help our children develop socially and learn civic responsibilities.