Yakima School District No. 7
Director, Position 2

  • Description of Office
  • Walt Ranta

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

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Walt Ranta was originally elected to the Yakima School District Board of Directors in November 2005.  He has a strong commitment to the Yakima School District having been on the School Board for 8 years.  Also, he and his wife taught in the Yakima District for 30 years.  Their daughter and son-in-law both teach in Yakima Schools, and their two grandchildren attend school in the Yakima District.  He would like to continue as a Board member to help with the completion of the District’s construction projects and help the district move forward with the new State and Federal education requirements.