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REMINDER: Renton School District Superintendent meetings are this week

The top three candidates for the next Renton Schools superintendent have been chosen.

The district announced the finalists March 21. The candidates will meet with district staff, parents, City Council members, business leaders and others in three separate public meetings.

The top three finalists are Lester "Flip" Herndon Jr., superintendent of Bremerton schools; Merri Rieger, chief student achievement officer, Kent schools and Crystalee Sweeting, assistant superintendent for instruction, learning, curriculum and assessment of Puyallup schools.

The three finalists will spend time, a day, in the district followed by a public meeting at one of the three elementary schools. The public is invited to attend the meetings, ask questions of the candidates and help guide the School Board in making the final decision.

Led by the Renton School Board, an advisory panel of community members, parents and district staff held the preliminary interviews of six candidates  from a pool of 12 who applied for the position. Mary Alice Heuschel vacated the post when she was selected as Gov. Jay Inslee's chief of staff. Ten of the candidates were from Washington state, one was from Oregon and another from Hawaii. The new Renton superintendent is expected to being work July 1.

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