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Yakima School District, Washington
|Yakima School District|
|Number of schools:||23|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Martha Rice|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in district
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the district
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 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. 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. She earned $236,893 in salary during the 2011-2012 school year according to the Kitsap Sun.
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 $4,800 per year.
|Yakima Board of Directors|
|Member||Position||Assumed Office||Term Ends|
|Raymond Navarro, Jr.||4||2011||2017|
School board elections
- See also: Yakima School District elections (2013)
Members of the Yakima Board of Directors are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 and two seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.
The table below displays the budget for Yakima School District:
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Yakima School District employed 826 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year. Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises at 15, 30, 45, 90 and 135 quarter credits. The current salary schedule sets higher starting salaries and maximum salaries for teachers with graduate degrees. The following table details the salary schedule for the 2011-2012 school year:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
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:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Yakima School District operates 23 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Yakima School District|
|A.C. Davis High School|
|Barge Lincoln Elementary|
|D.D. Eisenhower High School|
|Franklin Middle School|
|Lewis & Clark Middle School|
|M.L. King Jr. Elementary|
|Nob Hill Elementary|
|Washington Middle School|
|Wilson Middle School|
|Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center|
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
|Student Proficiency Levels, 2011-2012|
|Grade||Reading (%)||Math (%)|
Adequate Yearly Progress
|AYP Achievement, 2011-2012|
|Grade||Meet Reading AYP?||Meet Math AYP?|
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.
- Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Student Enrollment Cohort Projections," accessed September 3, 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
- Yakima School District, "Superintendent's Bio," accessed September 4, 2013
- Kitsap Sun, "Staff Record For: ELAINE GWENDA BERAZA," accessed September 4, 2013
- Yakima School District, "Board of Directors," accessed September 4, 2013
- Yakima School District, "Fiscal Year 2013-2014," accessed December 3, 2013
- Yakima Public Schools, "Yakima Education Association Agreement," accessed September 3, 2013 (dead link)
- Yakima School District, "Schools," accessed September 3, 2013
- Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Washington State Report Card," accessed September 3, 2013
- Yakima Herald, "Yakima school board adopts $11.3M deficit budget using reserve funds," August 21, 2013