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|Yakima Board of Directors, Position 1|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Master's||California State University-Bakersfield|
Rice dropped out of the 2013 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.
Rice earned a M.B.A. with a specialization in Marketing from California State University-Bakersfield in 2008. She has worked as a marketing coordinator, sales manager and academic adviser. Rice has been the Testing and Running Start Coordinator for Yakima Valley Community College since June 2013.
- See also: Yakima School District elections (2013)
Rice sought election to the board against incumbent Graciela Villanueva in the November 5, 2013 general election.
|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|
Rice 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 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 section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Jeni + Rice + Yakima + Schools"
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- Yakima Herald-Republic, "Yakima school board's newest member Graciela Lopez," November 22, 2011
- 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
- LinkedIn, "Jeni Rice," 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