Longtime Superintendent Joe Batali Passes Away 


Many of you may remember West Valley’s longtime superintendent, Joe Batali.  Mr. Joseph J. Batali Jr., 81, of Yakima died Thursday, May 25, at Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital. We want to let our community know of his passing as he impacted many lives here in West Valley.


He began his career at West Valley School District as an Assistant Superintendent (1972) then Superintendent (1976), which he identified at his retirement in 1991 as “demanding and rigorous.” During his time as superintendent at West Valley, the annual budget grew from $2 to $18 million, employment increased by over 200, student population increased by over 500, the junior high was built, high school expanded, Wide Hollow school replaced, and Cottonwood initiated.


He received the Golden Acorn Award from the West Valley PTA and the Washington Association of School Administrators Award of Merit for effective leadership in public education and for significant contributions to professional associations. He was proud when West Valley Jr. High was awarded, as one of ten schools in the nation, the USA National Excellence Award – Outstanding Secondary Schools. He was recognized by the Washington Association of Education Office Personnel as “Administrator of the Year” (1991) for his support of education office personnel and his contribution to the statewide educational system. 

In his letter announcing his retirement, he wrote “I cannot close this letter without thanking the certificated staff, all teachers, specialists, counselors, building administrators, and central office people, for their dedication and loyalty as I have proceeded through my years at the helm. My respect for these people will continue into my retirement years.” When he retired in 1991, he was honored by a community celebration. 

Our condolences to the family and to all those whom Joe’s life touched.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, June 2 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church. 

The family suggests that memorials be made, in Joe’s honor, to organizations that help severely ill children and their families. To share a memory with the family, please visit www.brooksidefhc.com


To read the full obituary, please click here.

Posted by WVSD On 01 June, 2017 at 12:51 PM