Gov. Shumlin Praises New Unified School District

Press Release
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin held a press conference at Essex High School on November 10 to recognize Chittenden Central Supervisory Union (CCSU) and the Essex Town School District (ETSD) for joining to become the first unified union school district under Act 46 in the state of Vermont.

Just one week prior, Essex Junction, Essex Town and Westford residents voted to form one unified district, which will be known as the Essex Westford Educational Community Unified Union School District starting on July 1, 2017.

Governor Shumlin was joined by Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe, House Speaker Shap Smith, Chairman of the House of Education Committee Dave Sharpe, Essex Rep. Tim Jerman, CCSU Superintendent Judith DeNova, ETSD Superintendent Mark Andrews, Essex Town School Board and new unified union board member Kim Gleason, and EHS senior Emily Goodrich.

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Burlington Free Press
VT Digger
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School Unification Voting Results

Below are the results from the school unification vote that took place on November 3:

Essex Junction
Yes – 1,000
No – 123

Essex Town
Yes – 1,154
No – 183

Yes – 422
No – 207

Board members elected
Essex Junction
1-year seat (2): Keeley Schell and one open seat
2-year seat: Diane Clemens
3-year seat: Marla Durham

Essex Town
1-year seat: Brendan Kinney
2-year seat: Liz Subin
3-year seat (2): Kim Gleason and Al Bombardier

1-year seat: Andre Roy
2-year seat: Martha Heath

Thank you to everyone who came out and voted today. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

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One-Click School Unification Voting Information

This is your one-stop-shop for all things related to the proposed school unification vote, which will take place on Tuesday, November 3.

  • Click here to read the report of the RED Study Committee
  • Click here for frequently asked questions
  • Click here to view a short informational video
  • Click on the following communities to view the warning
  • Click on the following communities to view a sample ballot
  • Click here to meet the candidates running for seats on the potential new school board
  • The informational hearings are scheduled for the following
    • Essex Junction and Essex Town: Monday, Nov. 2 starting at 7 p.m. in the EHS Cafeteria | Minutes
    • Westford: Monday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. at Westford School
  • Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 3 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. in the following locations
    • Essex Junction residents: Essex High School
    • Essex Town residents: Essex Middle School
    • Westford residents: Westford School

October Public Forum Dates Announced

September Public Forums Q&A 
After months of study, a committee of 20 citizens of Essex Junction, Essex Town and Westford unanimously proposed creating a unified school district among our three communities.

On November 3, voters in those three communities will vote on whether or not to form a unified school district. Please come to a community forum to learn more and discuss this important proposal with your neighbors! Continue reading

Take Part in Upcoming Community Forums to Discuss Unification

Run for the New School Board | Final Report | FAQ | VT Digger Article
After months of study, a committee of 20 citizens of Essex Junction, Essex Town and Westford have unanimously proposed creating a unified school district among our three communities. A unified school district is a wise choice because it will enable greater educational opportunities for our students at a lower administrative cost, help stabilize property tax rates over time, and preserve our great schools. Continue reading