Amherst residents to vote on $67 million new school project

New building would replace existing Fort River and Wildwood schools

Artistic rendering of the new proposed elementary school that would replace the Wildwood and Fort River Elementary Schools.

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – A question on the construction of a new elementary school in Amherst will go before voters in November.

It is up to town residents to decide whether to combine two of the town’s schools into a single new building. The project would replace the existing Fort River and Wildwood schools. Many teachers have reported learning and health concerns about the existing buildings.

The Massachusetts School Building Authority approved a grant last week of about $34 million to support the project. The rest would have to be covered by the town.

“They will only support the project if local voters do. There’s a town-wide vote and a town meeting vote scheduled for November. The State money is contingent on these votes coming up,” said Michael Morris, Acting Superintendent of Schools.

Morris told 22News that if the majority of voters say “yes” on November 8, a town meeting will take place the following week. That vote will be the final say on whether the construction should go forward.

The entire project would cost about $67 million.