Amherst elementary school project shot down in final vote

The project did not gain at least 2/3 votes in favor of it

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – An Amherst elementary school project is over. Not enough support was drawn for the project at the town meeting Monday night, and that resulted in an end to the project.

The new elementary schools were going to be built at the site of Wildwood elementary school. This project needed three levels of support in order to go through.

The MSPA awarded an initial grant of $34-million to get the project built. In Tuesday’s election, town voters approved the project, getting about 51 percent approval. In the final step, however, the project did not gain at least 2/3 votes in favor of it at last night’s town meeting.

Interim Superintendent of Schools in Amherst, Michael Morris, told 22News, “The third piece that had to approve it was the town meeting with 2/3 votes and that did not happen last night. So, unfortunately, it’s three or none.”

Concerns expressed at the town meeting included the two schools at the one site and transportation.

Morris told 22News any needs to the Wildwood school will have to be done through a town capital program. Morris said the school’s roof is in need of improvement. They are in the process of reapplying to MSPA for further infrastructure aid to their schools.