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School Board Vacancy

The Renton School District Board of Directors is soliciting letters of interest from applicants for Director District No. 4, which encompasses the central portion of the school district (see a description of the boundaries). The position is vacant due to the resignation of Director Gloria Hodge, who will resign in late January 2023 (read more below). The appointment will serve the remaining elected term of one year, till November 2023. At that time, interested candidates must run a campaign to be elected to the seat.

Filling Vacant School Board Position

The district has begun the process to fill Director District #4 for the remaining 10 months. The position encompasses district four (see boundary map), the central portion of the district. Applicants must live in School Board boundary number 4, be registered to vote within district boundaries, and be a U.S. citizen. When the appointed position ends in November 2023, the appointee can campaign to be elected to the position.

  • January 18, 2023 - Application packets available (see below)
  • February 15, 2023 - Application packets due by 5 p.m.
  • Mid-February - Board review
  • Mid-February - Notify candidates for interview
  • Late-February - Early-March - Interview window
Application Packet
  • Resume
  • Letter of interest
  • Board questionnaire
  • Three letters of reference
  • Proof of residency (e.g., utility bill with name and address)
  • Submitted by mail to: Renton School Board Vacancy, 300 SW 7th Street, Renton, WA  98057, or by email to sandra.dolph@rentonschools.us.
Statement from Director Hodge

Renton School Board Director Gloria Hodge has announced her plan to resign from the position on January 25. Director Hodge was first elected to the position in 2015. Director Hodge has been a passionate advocate and served families, students, staff, and community in Director District #4. She provided this statement about her commitment to the education of our district students.

“When I first moved to Skyway, I knew I wanted in some way to serve and help make a difference within this community, and in the greater Renton community.  I never thought that it would lead to me serving on the School Board for 7 years. And yet it did!

The community where I live and represent is very dear to me. I appreciate the energy, families, and diversity from all walks of life. With its richness in languages and culture, love and resiliency, this is an amazing and vibrant community. Every family works hard to help their children achieve. This was my impetus to serve; to support their efforts, to be their voice and to relate, mirror and listen to the needs and challenges of students and families.

As the daughter of one of the first Vietnamese immigrants from my hometown, it was crucial for me to witness that all students’ goals, dreams, and education flourish. It was imperative to me to be part of an organization that works to remove barriers and offer the best possible education and resources for our students.  I believe our District has made progress in this commitment.  I am confident the next appointee will represent what our area, District and community need to succeed and shine.

I am thankful to have served the Renton School District community. I appreciate working with my board colleagues, Superintendent Pattenaude, his Cabinet and so many other staff members.  Thank you to all Renton School District staff for your dedication to students and families every day.  My thanks also go to former Interim Superintendent Jarvis and former school board members for our work together.”