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Superintendent Mary Alice Heuschel should be spending her time on Renton Schools, not a hospital commissioner campaign. With one failing school, a large budget deficit, and a $242,000 (including benefits) salary, clearly her priorities should remain with the schools.
She says her contract requires her to do community service. That is great, but those obligations should be completed on her time, not the kid’s time. The hospital board meetings will be held during the school day when she should be working to improve schools. The job she is being paid to do.
Over all, the Renton Schools have done well under Heuschel’s leadership. As long as she holds the position of superintendent, that is where her focus should remain. The children, school district employees and the school district voters deserve her full attention.