Former Hazelwood educator named Renton’s interim superintendent

December 6, 2012

By Staff

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NEW — 10:55 a.m. Dec. 6, 2012

Vera Risdon, Renton School District’s assistant superintendent, will serve as interim superintendent when Mary Alice Heuschel transitions to her new position as Gov.-elect Jay Inslee’s chief of staff in January.

Risdon will serve during the expected months-long search for a new superintendent.

The Renton School Board voted unanimously to name Risdon, who has been an educator in Renton for 46 years, to the post.

Risdon began her career with the district as a teacher at Hazelwood Elementary School, and she went on to teach at five different Renton schools from 1966 to 1982, including McKnight Middle School.

She served as a principal at Hazelwood Elementary School from 1986 to 1992. She has also served as assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and technology and as associate superintendent for elementary education.

“The Renton School District has been a very important part of my life for nearly a half century,” Risdon said in a statement. “It’s truly an honor and a privilege to serve Renton students, staff, and community in this capacity as we begin the work to identify a dynamic new leader to build on the district’s good work.”

Risdon is not a candidate for the superintendent position, but the school board has already begun the process for a nationwide search for a new superintendent. The process will include staff and community input and community meetings to meet candidates.

Learn more at the district’s website at

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