School boards appeal for candidates

'Dedicated' community members urged to run for open seats on Windham Southeast, Vernon school district boards

The Windham Southeast School District (WSESD) and the Vernon School District (VSD) are asking community members to consider running for open seats on those school boards "to make a meaningful impact on local education."

The WSESD Board is comprised of 10 members from Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, and Putney, with each board member governing the schools in all four towns.

The VSD Board is comprised of five members and governs the Vernon School.

There are open seats on both WSESD and VSD Boards that need residents of each town as follows:

Brattleboro: One one-year term and two three-year terms.

Guilford: One three-year term.

Putney: One three-year term.

Vernon: One two-year term and one three-year term.

A joint press release about the vacancies notes that board members "play a vital role in shaping the policies and direction of local schools. By joining the board, you can contribute to a positive and effective learning environment for students."

Highlights of that work include "community advocacy representing member town residents, liaising between the communities and school district to ensure diverse perspectives are considered and transparency is evident in decision-making, and supporting student success by contributing to develop and implement policies that support student achievement, well-being, and success both academically and personally."

If you wish to throw your hat in the ring to serve, you can get petitions from your local town clerk. They require at least 30 valid signatures from residents who are registered voters of your town.

Once you have the signatures, submit your petitions and file for candidacy by Monday, Jan. 29.

Voters will elect board members on Town Meeting Day, Tuesday, March 5.

For more information, contact Kelly Young, Windham Southeast School District chair, [email protected]; Walter Breau, Vernon School District chair, [email protected]; Hilary Francis, Brattleboro town clerk, [email protected]; Jonathan Johnson, Putney town clerk, [email protected]; Danielle Latulippe, Guilford town clerk, [email protected]; or Tim Arsenault, Vernon town clerk, [email protected].

For information about registering to vote or changing registration, visit To request a ballot, visit

This News item was submitted to The Commons.

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