West Valley School District No. 208
Director, District 2

  • Description of Office
  • Michael Thorner

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

Michael Thorner

     As a graduate of West Valley High School and the parent of two elementary aged children attending Apple Valley Elementary School, I look forward to the opportunity to serve our community on the West Valley School Board. 
     We have a wonderful school district that is a leader in providing high quality education.  A great challenge facing public schools is managing resources:  doing more with less.  As a parent, business owner, and lawyer, I am uniquely qualified to face these challenges and make valuable contributions as member of the West Valley School Board.

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