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Yakima School District, Washington

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Yakima School District
Yakima, Washington
Yakima School District Logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Elaine Beraza
Graduation rate:56.1%
Number of schools:23
Budget: $233.0 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Martha Rice
Board members:5
Term length:4
Yakima School District is a school district in Washington that served 15,591 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district is the 19th-largest by enrollment in the state of Washington.[1]

About the district

Yakima School District is located in Yakima County, Washington
Yakima School District in Yakima County is located in south-central Washington about 60 miles south of Mount Rainier. The population of Yakima was 243,231 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]


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%.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Yakima (%) Washington (%)
White 88.4 77.3
Black or African American 1.4 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 5.7 1.5
Asian 1.4 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.6
Two or More Races 2.8 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 46.3 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 42.9 54.5
2008 43.6 54.1
2004 39.1 59.5
2000 36.2 56.0

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 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[4] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The current Superintendent of Yakima School District is Elaine Beraza. She has served in the position since July 2009. Beraza previously served in leadership positions with West Point Dependent Schools and Camp Lejeune Schools.[5] She earned $236,893 in salary during the 2011-2012 school year according to the Kitsap Sun.[6]

School board

The Yakima Board of Directors is a five-member board with each member elected at-large to a four-year term. Each member can be compensated $50 per day for district matters with a maximum compensation of $4,800 per year.[7]

Yakima Board of Directors
Member Position Assumed Office Term Ends
Jeni Rice 1 2013 2017
Walt Ranta 2 2005 2017
John Vornbrock 3 2005 2015
Raymond Navarro, Jr. 4 2011 2017
Martha Rice 5 1998 2015

School board elections

See also: Yakima School District elections (2013)

Members of the Yakima Board of Directors are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 and two seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.


The table below displays the budget for Yakima School District:[8]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $134,629,932 57.8% $760,381 0.3% $90,941,619 39% $6,700,000 2.9% $0 0% $233,031,932
Averages: $134,629,932 58% $760,381 0% $90,941,619 39% $6,700,000 3% $0 0% $233,031,932

Teacher salaries

Yakima School District employed 826 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year. Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises at 15, 30, 45, 90 and 135 quarter credits. The current salary schedule sets higher starting salaries and maximum salaries for teachers with graduate degrees. The following table details the salary schedule for the 2011-2012 school year:[9]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 33,401 38,050
B.A. 15 34,303 40,353
B.A. 30 35,238 42,806
B.A. 45 36,175 47,332
B.A. 90 39,180 56,597
B.A. 135 41,116 59,385
MA 40,045 56,634
MA 45 43,051 60,279
MA 90/Ph.D. 44,989 62,955

Schools in district


The district served 15,591 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 5.3% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2012:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008 14,804 -
2009 15,327 3.5
2010 15,211 -0.8
2011 15,444 1.5
2012 15,591 1.0

District schools

Yakima School District operates 23 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[10]

Yakima School District
A.C. Davis High School
Adams Elementary
Barge Lincoln Elementary
D.D. Eisenhower High School
Discovery Lab
Franklin Middle School
Garfield Elementary
Gilbert Elementary
Hoover Elementary
Lewis & Clark Middle School
M.L. King Jr. Elementary
McClure Elementary
McKinley Elementary
Nob Hill Elementary
Ridgeview Elementary
Robertson Elementary
Roosevelt Elementary
Stanton Academy
Washington Middle School
Whitney Elementary
Wilson Middle School
Yakima Online!
Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center

Academic performance

The Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction published a state report card for 2011-2012 assessing subject proficiency levels and year-to-year progress for each district. This report card relies on data from the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) and High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to determine if each district meets Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) goals in reading and math. The goal for each district is to meet proficiency goals at all grade levels and student demographics by the 2013-2014 school year.

Yakima School District met the state goal of 95% participation across all grade levels. The district did not meet AYP goals for reading or math at the elementary and middle school levels. The Washington State Report Card also concluded that the district failed to meet AYP goals for math at the high school level[11]

MSP/HSPE Proficiency

Student Proficiency Levels, 2011-2012
Grade Reading (%) Math (%)
3 54.3 42.1
4 50.0 46.3
5 46.2 42.3
6 41.2 29.6
7 50.1 49.6
8 45.6 39.1
10 72.8 -

Adequate Yearly Progress

AYP Achievement, 2011-2012
Grade Meet Reading AYP? Meet Math AYP?
Elementary School No No
Middle School No No
High School No Yes


Budget shortfall

The Yakima Board of Directors approved a budget for the 2013-2014 school year on August 20 that relies on an infusion from the district's reserve fund. This budget featured a $11.3 million revenue shortfall that will be covered by drawing on a reserve fund that has dwindled in recent years. The reserve fund held $18.5 million at the conclusion of the 2012-2013 budget, which falls below the district's recommended reserve fund level. The district's budget shortfall came from growing renovation costs, rising enrollment figures and new costs like increased security and teacher evaluations.[12]

Contact information

Yakima School District Logo.jpg
Yakima School District
104 North Fourth Avenue
Yakima, Washington 98902
Phone: (509) 573-7000

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