Yakima School District No. 7
Director, Position 1
- Description of Office
- Graciela Villanueva
- Jeni Rice
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
As a member of the Yakima School District Board of Directors, Graciela is instrumental in ensuring all students have the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful, contributing members of the community while ensuring fiscal responsibility. Graciela was born and raised in the Yakima Valley. She received her BA from Heritage and her Masters of Business Administration from WSU. Her son, who has been enrolled in Yakima Schools since kindergarten, is her inspiration and biggest advocate. She has been active in public policy at the local and state level for the advancement of education, health care and civic engagement.