Regional Education District Study Committee members announced

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The school boards of Essex Junction (Prudential Committee), Essex Town and Westford are excited to announce the 20-member committee made up of citizen volunteers who will study the potential for forming a Regional Education District (RED).

The three school boards voted unanimously on Dec. 16, 2014 to form a study committee, which would study the advisability of forming a RED between Essex Junction, Essex Town and Westford under Vermont’s Act 156.

The scope of the Study Committee’s work is defined by statute and will be guided to analyze those statutory requirements, while the cost of this study will be reimbursed by the state of Vermont.

The 20-member Study Committee was formed to consist of two Westford citizens, eight Essex Junction citizens, and 10 Essex Town citizens (with at least one board member from each community seated among the 20). Citizens in each of the participating communities wrote letters of interest and the committee members for each town/village were then decided on by their respective school board members.

“The school boards were very impressed with the caliber and number of applicants,” said Essex Town School Board Chair Kim Gleason. “Each board considered a variety of criteria before making their final decisions in an effort to bring forward a group of individuals who represent the diverse makeup of our communities. I would like to personally thank this group again for their time and interest in serving on this very important committee.”

The Study Committee is made up of the following volunteers:

Essex Town (10)

Sam Gilliam

Kim Gleason*

Tom James

Kim Kedzierski

Gary Kling

Brendan Kinney

Cathy Printon

Mitchell Stern

Jill Tarule

Tom Thompson

Essex Junction (8)

Robert Bouthillier

Amy Chess

Marla Durham*

Linda Costello

Brian Donahue

Wes McClellan

Keeley Schell

Adam Sollace

Westford (2)

Heidi Coppola

Martha Heath*

(*denotes the school board representative from each location)

The first meeting of the RED Study Committee will take place on March 4 starting at 7 p.m. and will be held in the library of Essex High School (2 Educational Drive). The public is welcome to attend.