Amherst to decide Monday on whether to build a new school

The town would be responsible for more than half of the cost of the project

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

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – By the closest of margins, Amherst residents on November 8th approved a ballot question to raise property taxes to build a new $67-million elementary school.

The town meeting members will decide next Monday to accept or reject the initiative. The new school would replace and combine the existing Fort River Elementary School and Wildwood Elementary School.

Interim Superintendent Michael Morris told 22News the existing schools have water leaks and mold, and do not comply with the Americans Disabilities Act. He said, “We do have plans. We have a schematic design, and there’s an incredible number of decisions to make that really have a large impact, that the community can really be involved in. We don’t know what the schools will be named.”

Monday’s town meeting will also decide how much would be added to Amherst property tax bills. If accepted, Amherst will be responsible for more than half of the cost of the project.

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