Amherst town meeting will decide fate of proposed elementary school

New school would replace and combine Fort River Elementary School and Wildwood Elementary School

Artist's rendering of the proposed new elementary school in Amherst.

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – In an extremely close vote, Amherst residents have approved a ballot question that will raise property taxes to build a new $67 million elementary school.

Monday, the town meeting members will decide whether to accept or reject the initiative. Interim Superintendent Michael Morris told 22News the existing schools have water leaks and mold, and do not comply with the Americans Disabilities Act.

The new school would replace and combine the existing Fort River Elementary School and Wildwood Elementary School.

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, which would be more than $32 million.