TOWNSHEND, VERMONT ELEMENTARY
TOWNSHEND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
PO BOX 236
66 COMMON RD
TOWNSHEND, VT 05353
PHONE: 802-365-7506 FAX: 802-365-7955
PRINCIPAL, RENEE MERLUZZI
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT, ROBIN PATNODE
Beginning in FY 20 (July 1, 2019) the Townshend School District and Board ceased to exist due to school consolidation. The Townshend Elementary School is part of a new, multi-school, district call the West River Eduction District. The WRED consists of 3 elementary schools which serve pre-K through grade 5, and one middle/high school which serves grades 6 through 12. Elementary schools are located in Townshend, Newfane, and Jamaica while the middle/high school, Leland and Gray, is located in Townshend.
Elementary students are automatically assigned to the school in their town except for Brookline students who are assigned to the school in Newfane, Newbrook Elementary. Limited, within district, school choice is available for K through 5 students. So, all resident youngsters will be assigned to the Townshend Elementary School or they may participate in the choice lottery to go to another elementary school in the WRED,
Past information about the former Townshend School District remains on the website for historical purposes. The information from the WRED will not be published here. You may access public documents for the WRED by going to their website which is located here.
Townshend has two members on the West River Education District Board. Each term is for three years. These members are elected at Townshend Town Meeting in the same manner as town officials. They are nominated from the floor and ballots are cast from the floor once nominations are closed. If a member resigns or passes away while in office, the WRED Board will appoint someone to fill the position, in consultation with the Select Board, until the next town meeting at which voters will pick someone to finish the remainder of the term.
The WRED is a member of the Windham Central Supervisory Union as are numerous other school districts in the area. The supervisory union employees a superintendent who serves as CEO as well as a financial officer, special education related individuals, and a variety of other professionals who assist all the schools within WCSU. Unlike the Townshend Municipal Government, there are a very large number of employees who support the WRED Board in all ways.
CURRENT WEST RIVER EDUCATION DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND TERM EXPIRATION DATES
JOE WINRICH - 2025
AL CLAUSSEN - 2026
Photo courtesy Steven Meyer