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Amherst

Public Schools

Amherst Elementary School Building Project

Mission: To build an excellent elementary school that supports child-centered education, meets diverse educational needs of our children in daylight-filled classrooms, uses the outdoors for education and play, and does so in a cost-effective “green” building that incorporates “net zero” energy principles.

Please join two upcoming virtual meetings to discuss
Educational Programming for the project...
  • Thursday, January 13, 2022 from 8:30 to 11:30 am

  • Wednesday, January 26, 2022 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Zoom Meetings Link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86385133436

Meeting ID: 863 8513 3436

The meetings will be recorded and posted to the Elementary School Building Committee (ESBC) website as well as linked here where you may also provide input and feedback at your convenience.

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Project Timeline
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A brief background of the project:

  • This project originated in March 2013 when the Town of Amherst submitted a Statement of Interest (SOI) for an elementary school feasibility study.

  • In October 2014 the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) invited the Town to conduct a Feasibility Study as part of the Core Project program.  This study resulted in a proposal to consolidate the Wildwood and Fort River Elementary Schools in a new building on the Wildwood site.

  • A local vote to support funding of the project in November 2016 was approved.

  • A local vote to support bonding for the project in March 2017 was rejected.

  • In January 2019, the Superintendent held listening sessions in the District [link to material]

  • In December 2019, the Town of Amherst was voted into the MSBA Core Project pipeline with a second Statement of Interest for an elementary school feasibility study.  This website will serve as a center for information for the project.

  • In the fall of 2021, the Amherst School Committee and the Amherst Pelham School Committee voted to move Amherst’s sixth grade students to the middle school.  Therefore, the Feasibility Study will focus on options for K-5 students enrolled at Wildwood and Fort River.