Rent the Schoolhouse

The tradition of using schoolhouses for community gatherings goes back to the early one-room schoolhouse days. The present Root District Schoolhouse, built in 1937, has been a vital community hub since then and is newly restored and open to the community to use, connect, and enjoy.

Available for rentals May 15 through September

Root Schoolhouse Facilities: 

  • Maximum capacity 49 people
  • Handicap parking and accessibility ramp
  • Schoolhouse has electricity, but there is no running water, no heat, no WiFi
  • Community room (1000 sq.ft)
  • Stage
  • Kitchen space includes: 4 outlets
  • Port-a-potty on site during the rental season
  • 3 Tables (10’x3’), 50 chairs
  • 5-6 non-handicap parking spaces
  • Small refrigerator
  • Microwave oven

Rental Fees:

Members Discounted Rates (Root District Game Club members get preferred pricing)

  • Public community meetings/events that are non-fee based: $25 < 4 hours, $40 4+ hours
  • Repeating community meetings/events (monthly book club, weekly spinning group): $10 per meeting/event
  • Private event and fee-based classes: $15/hour <15 people, $25/hour 15-49 people (security deposit and proof of insurance might be required)

Non-Member Rates

  • Public community meetings/events that are non-fee based: $40 < 4 hours, $60 4+ hours
  • Repeating community meetings/events (monthly book club, weekly spinning group): $15 per meeting/event
  • Private event and fee-based classes: $25/hour <15 people, $35/hour 15-49 people (security deposit and proof of insurance might be required)

For unique cases waived or subsidized fees might be available, contact vtrootschoolhouse@gmail.com

House Rules:

  • NO SMOKING is permitted on the property
  • Carry in/carry out: Schoolhouse shall be left in clean order with all trash removed from building at end of event
  • All tables and chairs returned to their storage areas at the end of the event
  • Children shall be supervised at all times 
  • Kitchen area shall be left clean and ALL food removed.
  • Approved electric appliances that renters can bring: (crock pots, microwave, coffee maker, tea kettle (need bring water). 
  • Propane grills are permitted outside in designated location 
  • Floors shall be broom swept and all spills cleaned at the end of the event
  • Non-service animals are not permitted in the Schoolhouse
  • No decorations shall be attached in any manner to the building, walls, woodwork, light fixtures, windows, etc.
  • No open flames in the community space (including candles)
  • Rental agreement is for the ground level Root Schoolhouse. Basement is not included in the rental and is off limits.
  • Liability and damage(s) are the sole responsibility of Renter.
  • The Schoolhouse can be rented 7 days a week, 8am-10pm during the rental season.
  • No alcohol is allowed in the Schoolhouse

Here are some ideas for using the space generated from the community:

  • Here are some ideas for using the space generated from the community:
  • Dance Groups: Scottish Country, African, Ballroom
  • Poetry readings
  • Private gatherings
  • Classes: Art, Dance, Crafts
  • Book clubs
  • Potluck Suppers (carry in/carry out)
  • Music practice & performances
  • CSA pick-ups
  • History talks
  • Yoga
  • Food shelf
  • Movie nights
  • Game nights
  • Tool library
  • Plays
  • Community resilience resource

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