|Yakima Board of Directors, Position 1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Master's||Washington State University|
Rice dropped out of the race for the Position 1 seat against Villanueva in September to pursue a professional opportunity. Rice's name remained on the ballot and voters overwhelmingly selected her for the Position 1 seat. She has indicated that she will accept the position despite her withdrawal. Villanueva argued that Rice won the election because voters confused the challenger with current board member Martha Rice. The incumbent also alleged that voters rejected her re-election bid because of local discrimination against Hispanics.
Villanueva earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Heritage University. She later received a M.B.A. from Washington State University. Villanueva has served on the Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs as well as the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters. She currently works as a recruiting manager for the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic. Villanueva has one child currently attending district schools.
- See also: Yakima School District elections (2013)
Villanueva sought election to the board against challenger Jeni Rice.
|Yakima Board of Directors, Four-year term, Position 1, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Graciela Villanueva Incumbent||38%||3,280|
|Source: Yakima County Auditor, "Cumulative Report," November 26, 2013|
Villanueva reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.
What was at stake?
The district will be challenged by growing enrollment, slow revenue growth and increased demands on the annual budget. District schools have seen a 5.3% increase in total enrollment between 2008 and 2012. The 2013-2014 budget approved by the Board of Directors on August 20, 2013 requires an infusion of reserve funds to fill a $11.3 million shortfall. Budget discussions revealed that the district saw a 8% increase in revenue over the previous budget year but a 12% increase in expenses.
About the district
- See also: Yakima School District, Washington
Yakima lags behind state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (16.0%) is below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Yakima's median income at $44,419 while the state median income was $58,890. Yakima had a poverty rate of 21.4% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Graciela + Villanueva + Yakima + Schools"
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- Yakima Herald, "Voters, take note of local campaign dropouts, empty state tax votes," October 23, 2013
- Yakima Herald, "School board candidate who withdrew from race says she plans to serve," November 7, 2013
- Yakima School District, "Board of Directors Biographies," accessed September 5, 2013
- LinkedIn, "Graciela Villanueva," accessed September 5, 2013
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," accessed December 17, 2013
- Yakima Herald, "Yakima school board adopts $11.3M deficit budget using reserve funds," August 21, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Yakima," accessed August 30, 2013
- Yakima County Auditor, "Election Results," accessed September 4, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014