Renton narrows superintendent search to six candidates

March 13, 2013

By Staff

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NEW — 4:00 p.m. March 13, 2013

The Renton School Board has narrowed its list of candidates for the vacant superintendent position to six applicants.

An advisory panel of community members and district staff, led by Renton School Board members, will now conduct public interviews over a three-day period beginning March 18 at the district’s administrative offices, 300 S.W. Seventh St., Renton.

The panel will see two candidates each day in a preliminary interview process that will pose questions about the candidates’ leadership qualifications.

Candidates Merri Rieger, the chief academic officer of the Kent School District, and Tony Byrd, the assistant superintendent of the Edmonds School District, will each interview on March 18. Rieger will sit for interviews at 6 p.m., while Byrd’s begins at 7:30 p.m.

Becky Berg, the superintendent of the Deer Park School District, and Joel Aune, the superintendent of the Snoqualmie Valley School District, will interview on March 19. Berg’s is at 6 p.m. and Aune’s is at 7:30 p.m.

Finally, Chrys Sweeting, assistant superintendent of the Puyallup School District, and Flip Herndon, superintendent of the Bremerton School District, will interview on March 20. Sweeting’s is at 6 p.m. and Herndon’s is at 7:30 p.m.

After the first round of preliminary interviews, the top three remaining candidates will meet with Renton School Board members and the public at three community meetings around the district.

The first meeting is April 1 at Cascade Elementary School, 16022 116th Ave. S.E., Renton; the second meeting is April 2 at Bryn Mawr Elementary School, 8212 S. 118th St., Seattle; and the final meeting is April 4 at Kennydale Elementary School, 1700 N.E. 28th St., Renton. All of the meetings begin at 7 p.m.

The board will appoint the new district leader in mid-April. The selected superintendent will begin work July 1.

The Renton School Board chose the six candidates from a pool of 12 who applied for the position to fill the vacancy left by Mary Alice Heuschel who joined Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration as chief of staff in January.

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