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Renton School District
Renton, Washington
Renton School District Logo.JPG
District Profile
Superintendent:Merri Rieger
Graduation rate:78.3%
Number of schools:23
Budget: $269.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Lynn Desmarais
Board members:5
Term length:4
Renton School District is a school district in Washington that served 14,545 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district is the 22nd largest by enrollment in the state of Washington. Renton School District has an operating budget of $269.8 million during the 2014-2015 school year.[1][2]

About the district

Renton School District is located in King County, Washington
Renton School District is located in the City of Renton in King County, Washington. The population of Renton was 90,927 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[3]


Renton lagged behind state averages for higher education achievement but outperformed state median income and poverty rates. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (30.3%) fell below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Renton's median income at $64,829 while the state median income was $58,890. Renton had a poverty rate of 10.8% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Renton (%) Washington (%)
White 54.6 77.3
Black or African American 10.6 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 1.5
Asian 21.2 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.8 0.6
Two or More Races 5.8 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 13.1 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[4]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 68.7 28.3
2008 70.0 28.0
2004 65.0 33.7
2000 60.0 34.4

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[5][6]


The current Superintendent of Renton School District is Merri Rieger. She assumed office in July 2013 to replace Mary Alice Heuschel, who left the district to become chief of staff to Governor Jay Inslee. Rieger previously served as the assistant superintendent for learning and improvement in Kent School District.[7]

School board

The Renton Board of Directors is a five-member board with each member elected by district to a four-year term. Each member can be compensated $50 per day for district matters with a maximum compensation of $4,800 per year.[8]

Renton District Map.jpg

Renton Board of Directors
Member District Term Ends
Todd Franceschina 1 2015
Al Talley 2 2017
Lynn Desmarais 3 2015
Denise Eider 4 2015
Pam Teal 5 2017

School board elections

See also: Renton School District elections (2015)

Members of the Renton Board of Directors are elected by district to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats were up for election on November 5, 2013, and three seats were up for election on November 3, 2015.


The table below displays the budget for Renton School District:[2]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $125,554,711 48.5% $2,250,187 0.9% $96,918,629 37.4% $34,184,500 13.2% $0 0% $258,908,027
2014-2015 $129,273,835 47.9% $2,219,547 0.8% $101,601,260 37.7% $36,690,361 13.6% $0 0% $269,785,003
Averages: $127,414,273 48% $2,234,867 1% $99,259,944.5 38% $35,437,430.5 13% $0 0% $264,346,515

Teacher salaries

Renton School District employed 802 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year. Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises at 15, 30, 45, 90 and 135 quarter credits. The current schedule also creates higher starting and maximum salaries for teachers with graduate degrees. The following table details the salary schedule for the 2013-2014 school year:[9]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 34,048 38,787
B.A. 15 34,968 41,135
B.A. 30 35,920 43,635
B.A. 45 36,875 48,249
B.A. 90 39,939 57,693
B.A. 135 41,913 60,535
MA 40,820 57,731
MA 45 43,885 61,447
MA 90 45,860 64,174

Schools in district


The district served 14,545 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 5.5% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2012:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008 13,790 -
2009 14,005 1.6
2010 14,224 1.6
2011 14,431 1.5
2012 14,545 0.8

District schools

Renton School District operates 23 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[10]

Renton School District
Benson Hill Elementary
Bryn Mawr Elementary
Campbell Hill Elementary
Cascade Elementary
Dimmitt Middle School
Hazelwood Elementary
Hazen High School
Highlands Elementary
Honey Dew Elementary
Kennydale Elementary
Lakeridge Elementary
Lindbergh High School
Maplewood Heights Elementary
McKnight Middle School
Nelsen Middle School
Renton Academy
Renton High School
Renton Park Elementary
Renton Virtual High School
Secondary Learning Center
Sierra Heights Elementary
Talbot Hill Elementary
Tiffany Park Elementary

Academic performance

The Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction published a state report card for 2012-2013 assessing subject proficiency levels and year-to-year progress for each district. This report card relies on data from the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) and High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to determine if each district meets Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) goals in reading and math. The goal for each district is to meet proficiency goals at all grade levels and student demographics by the 2013-2014 school year.

Renton School District met the state goal of 95% participation across all grade levels. The district did not meet AYP goals for reading at the elementary or high school levels and failed to meet AYP math and reading scores among middle school students.[11]

MSP/HSPE proficiency

Student Proficiency Levels, 2012-2013
Grade Reading (%) Math (%)
3 74.1 70.8
4 72.5 63.9
5 73.2 64.5
6 71.3 50.1
7 66.0 57.1
8 65.2 51.7
10 83.0 -

Adequate Yearly Progress

AYP Achievement, 2012-2013
Grade Meet Reading AYP? Meet Math AYP?
Elementary School No Yes
Middle School No No
High School No Yes

Contact information

Renton School District Logo.JPG
Renton Board of Directors
300 SW 7th Street
Renton, WA 98057
Phone: (425) 204-2300

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