Schools & Recreation in Essex Junction
How Local Schools are Organized
The Village of Essex Junction and the Essex Junction School District share the same geographic boundaries and the same population, but they comprise two separate jurisdictions. The Essex Junction School District is governed by the Essex Junction School Board, also known as the Essex Junction Prudential Committee. Members of the Prudential Committee are elected at large from the citizens within the school district.
The Essex Junction School District
The Essex Junction School District is a kindergarten through eighth grade district. The schools in the district are:
The District also includes the Park Street School. Park Street is a historic school and is not presently used for regular programming.
The District also operates, maintains, and admisters parks and recreation services through Essex Junction Recreation and Parks (EJRP), which provides leisure programs and services, and maintains Cascade, Maple Street, and Stevens Park.
The Essex Town School District
The Essex Town School District is separate from the Essex Junction School district. It is comprised of residents in the Town of Essex who live outside the boundaries of the Village of Essex Junction. The Town school district is also a kindergarten through eighth grade district. The schools in the Essex Town School District are: Essex Elementary School, Founders School (grades 4 and 5), and Essex Middle School.
Essex High School and Center for Technology, Essex
The Essex Junction and Essex Town school districts only provide schools for kindergarten through eighth grade students. Secondary school for both communities is provided by Essex High School and the Center for Technology, Essex.
Essex High School and the Center for Technology comprise the Union 46 School District. The Union 46 District includes the residents of the Village of Essex Junction School District and the Essex Town School District. The Union 46 District has a separate governing board which develops its own budget and writes its own school policies. Budgets must be approved by voters in the residents in the Village and Town.
Supervisory Districts and Services
By law, all Vermont school districts must obtain state sanctioned supervisory services for their schools. School districts can create their own supervisory districts for that purpose, or they can become affiliated with a supervisory union.
The Essex Junction School District and the Union 46 School District are affiliated with the Chittenden Central Supervisory Union (CCSU). The CCSU also provides supervisory services for the Westford Town School District. The Essex Town School District provides its own supervisory services through the Essex Town Supervisory District.