Hilltop Heritage Elementary School, Renton’s newest elementary school, is under construction and expected to open for the school year in the fall.
Renton School Board members voted unanimously at the Oct. 12, 2022, meeting to name the district’s new elementary school, Hilltop Heritage Elementary. The school naming committee — composed of parents, teachers, community members, and district staff — received over 150 unique names for consideration.
The new school, located at 1075 Duvall Ave. near Hazen High School, is made possible due to voter support in the 2019 School Construction Election measure, according to the district.
In preparation for opening Hilltop Heritage Elementary in the fall of 2023, the school district says the boundaries for elementary schools on the East Hill need to be redrawn. Elementary school boundaries to be examined as part of the new school are Hazelwood, Highlands, Honey Dew, Kennydale, Maplewood Heights and Sierra Heights.
The district says a committee of parents from those schools and district staff will work through early March to create boundaries for Hilltop Heritage Elementary.
According to the district, additional classroom capacity is needed to better accommodate over-crowded schools in the Northeastern portion of the district due to development growth in that area over the past decade.
The district claims the new school will have the capacity to house 650 students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Former Bryn Mawr Elementary School Principal Jaime Maxie is serving as planning principal of the new elementary school.
According to the district, Maxie brings 23 years of experience in education to the position, most recently serving as principal at Bryn Mawr since 2014. She has also served as assistant principal at Dimmitt Middle School, an instructional coach at Nelsen Middle School and Lindbergh High School. She began her teaching career at Dimmitt Middle School as a special education teacher and sixth grade teacher.
The district is also looking to hire a variety of other positions at the school including: assistant principal, office manager, librarian, teachers of all kinds, school counselors, special education teachers and others.
For more information on how to apply visit www.applitrack.com/rentonschools/onlineapp/.