District could consider changing Renton Academy to a middle school

January 7, 2011

By Tim Pfarr

The Renton School Board will convene a committee in the 2011-2012 school year to examine the building needs in the Renton School District, district spokesman Randy Matheson said.

The committee will recommend items that could be brought forward in a possible bond measure in 2012.

The district’s three middle schools are at capacity and do not have room to expand. Thus, the committee may examine building a middle school on the property that hosts Renton Academy — a kindergarten through 12th-grade, special-education school at 6928 116th Ave. S.E. in Newcastle.

The building previously hosted Hazelwood Elementary School until it moved to its new building one block south in 2005.

Matheson said the committee may consider the proposal because the site is the only district-owned property big enough to house a new middle school.

“Right now, it’s sort of a passing thought on our part,” Matheson said.

A new middle school would need to be recommended by the committee, approved by the school board and then approved by voters. If voters were to approve it, the school would undergo a two- to four-year planning phase before any construction begins, Matheson said.

If a middle school were to be built on the site, district officials would be responsible for determining how to continue offering services provided by Renton Academy.

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