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Dear West River Parents,

On Monday September 17th, the West River Board continued discussing Early Learning possibilities for schools in the West River Education District.

We have created an Early Learning Survey to collect public input. This will be shared with all families currently in our elementary schools, but please share the survey link with any home study/independent school families or neighbors that have young children that we may not have reached.

The Board’s next meeting will be TUESDAY, October 2nd at 7pm in the Leland and Gray Library. The Board has invited teachers and principals from our schools that currently run in-school early learning programs to share their experiences. The board has also invited SunnyLane and Timson Hill to share their early learning programs.

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Thank you for your engagement,your continued support of our school district, and please complete the Early Learning Survey.


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August 27, 2018

Dear JVS Families,

I am writing to let you know that Jamaica Village School, along with other schools in our supervisory union, will be participating in a special project with Howard Weiss-Tisman of Vermont Public Radio this school year.  Below is how Howard described his project to our school boards, who provided unanimous support:

“Education spending was one of the top issues debated in Montpelier this year.

And when lawmakers return in January the Legislature and Governor will almost certainly get right back at it once again as Vermont continues to deal with declining enrollment and rising costs.

As the discussion continues Vermont Public Radio wants to do a special project where we follow one district through the budget process, trying to build the stories around what happens in the classroom.

We want to be there on Day One when school opens. We want to report on school board meetings as the budget is built and then go to Town Meeting as the voters address their proposed spending plan, always trying to highlight how the budget discussion impacts students, teachers, parents and taxpayers.

So we are reaching out to a few districts to see if there is interest in working with VPR on this project.

Understanding that the school board meetings and Town Meetings are public, we want to work with a superintendent, school board and principals to allow a reporter and photographer to spend time inside the schools. We’d probably be there maybe three or four times a month, and always with fair warning.”

I met with Howard briefly on Friday afternoon and he stated he would be present at JVS on the first day of school, although he did not believe it would be until later in the day.  I thought a letter to you was appropriate so that you were aware of the special project as well as to provide you with the opportunity to “opt out” if you do not want your child/ren to be interviewed (I imagine this would take the form of a question or two about likes, wants, needs, etc.) and/or photographed.  While we already have an existing opt-out form that is part of the registration paperwork, I felt that this project, because of its scope, warranted a separate notification. I apologize for the late notice, but the timing was not within my control.

If you do not want your child/ren to be part of the special VPR project with Howard Weiss-Tisman, please notify the school.  

As always, questions are welcome.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!!!

Your partner in education,

Laura Hazard



Dear Parents of the West River Education District,

Beginning July 1, 2019, the West River School Board will be responsible for providing education to students in Prek- grade 12 in Brookline, Jamaica, Newfane, and Townshend. The Board will be responsible for secondary education for students in Windham (7-12).

The Board has been working diligently planning for the 2019-2020 school year. They have regular meetings twice a month. All videos, agenda, minutes, board member contact, and documents relating to specific areas of discussion can be found (shortly) on www.westrivered.org .

Also available is a feedback form to collect parent and community input. The Board is requesting any feedback on moving 6th graders to Leland and Gray by FRIDAY, August 31st.

The West River Board appreciates and encourages feedback. Attached you will find the board’s work plan for the 2018-2019 school year.

The Board’s next meeting will be Tuesday September 11th at 7pm at Leland and Gray. The Board will be hearing about what a middle school of 6th, 7th, & 8th graders would look like at Leland and Gray.

The Board will be making a decision on whether to move 6th graders to Leland and Gray for the 2019-2020 school year. The Board will also be making decisions about how to implement intra-district (only Jamaica, Newbrook, or Townshend) school choice for the 2019-2020 school year. If you have not taken the School Choice Survey, please do so.

We are in a time of great opportunity and great change. You participation is valued and encouraged.

July 30, 2018

Dear Parents,

The West River Education District Board will become responsible for the education of students in Brookline, Jamaica, Newfane, Townshend and Windham (7-12) on July 1, 2019. 

The Board is in the process of planning for the 2019-2020 school year. Intradistrict School Choice​ (where a parent could send their child to Jamaica, NewBrook, or Townshend) following a policy and procedure set by the board, is an opportunity the Board is currently discussing.

We need parent input in order to inform the discussion. Please complete the following Google Form prior to AUGUST 13th​.

Your answers to the survey are critically important to a well-informed review.

The West River Education District Board

On Monday, July 16th at 7:30pm, the West River Education District Board will meet to discuss the two proposals and feedback received from the citizens of Newfane, Brookline, Townshend and Jamaica.  You can review the two proposals as well as provide feedback here:

On Wednesday, June 20th at 7:00pm in the Leland and Gray Dutton Gym, the West River Education District Board will be viewing the DRAFT plan for the West River District starting July, 2019. The Board developed Vision & Goals and have asked the Superintendent to create a education district that realizes the vision and meets these goals. Please join us to see the DRAFT plan.

The West River Board has been working for nearly a year in preparation for the creation of the newly merged school district. Videos on past meetings can be found here:



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