Renton superintendent joins governor’s staff

December 6, 2012

By Staff

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Renton School District Superintendent Mary Alice Heuschel will join Gov.-elect Jay Inslee’s administration as chief of staff when he takes office Jan. 16.

In a statement announcing her new position, Heuschel said that few opportunities could entice her from her current post, but the call to serve at the state level provides her an enormous opportunity to lead, impact public education and to help reform state government.

“Renton, the community and the school district, will always have a very special place in my heart,” she said in the statement. “It has become my family.”

Heuschel will remain with the district until mid-January, when she will begin her new, $165,000-a-year position. Meanwhile, members of the district staff are working on a transition plan for the school board that includes selecting an interim superintendent and soliciting applications for a new one.

“We have an exceptional team already in place to support an interim arrangement,” Heuschel said in a statement. “District staff will work quickly to assist the school board in their work to find the right new superintendent to take this office.”

District spokesman Randy Matheson said the process to hire a new superintendent is expected to last several months as the district and a hiring firm collect applications, sift through résumés and conduct thorough interviews.

Before taking the helm at the Renton School District, Heuschel served as the deputy state superintendent for the Washington State Department of Education. She has also served as a school principal in the Yelm School District and has taught at West Point Military Academy.

Heuschel has served as the district’s superintendent for six years.

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