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Search For New Yakima School District Superintendent Continues

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 YAKIMA, WA.- After six years of service, Yakima's superintendent of schools is stepping down, now the search for her replacement is underway.

17 candidates from across the country initially applied for the position, but that number has now been narrowed down to seven. 

The Yakima School District oversees 23 schools ranging from elementary to high schools, so the role of superintendent is no easy job. 

KNDO sat down with the current superintendent Elaine Beraza; she's been working for the district for six years but just recently decided to step down in order to move closer to family. 

“I've really been torn often by not being closer to them so this really is about being closer to family and being a responsible daughter,” Beraza told KNDO.

Dennis Ray, a search consultant, was brought in by the district to help select from the pool of candidates. 

He explained the process is extensive but after today they hope to have the selection narrowed down to three finalists.

He says the public will have a role in the decision next week. 

“There will be an open forum each day where they can come in and meet the candidates visiting the district, and then provide feedback to the board on those candidates,” Ray said.

But as superintendent Beraza ends her time here in Yakima she reflected on the accomplishments she seen in the district.

She told us she's proud of so much they've accomplished but specifically the growth she's seen from students in the areas of math and science. 

“I'm really impressed with some of the growth East side schools have seen they've had amazing growth in student achievement we've seen math and science growth every year for the past five years in the district,”

The district is inviting parents and local residents to meet the potential candidates next week at public forums on Tuesday through Thursday.

We'll have more information next week on the time and location of those events.