Friday, October 9, 2015

Amherst Elementary School Building Study - upcoming meetings & opportunities to learn more

**** This morning, Fri Oct 9th, 8:45 am, Coffee with the Principal & Special Guests Assistant Superintendent Mike Morris & Amherst School Committee Chair Katherine Appy. The topic will be the Amherst Elementary School Building Study (aka the Wildwood Building Study) & possible reconfiguration/consolidation of the 3 public Amherst elementary schools. Please join us to talk about this important issue. ****

The Amherst School Committee is set to vote in early Nov on which of the study's options to move forward with. The options are to (1) renovate Wildwood, (2) build a new school on the Wildwood site that this similar is size to the current building, and (3) to build a new townwide school for grades 2-6 (for 750+ students) on a site still tbd. Under this 3rd option, the current Wildwood & Fort River buildings would no longer be used as elementary schools, & Crocker Farm would become a townwide school for preschool, Kindergarten, & 1st grade. Whatever option is selected, it may impact the district's elementary schools for decades. 

There are a number of ways & opportunities to learn more about this project & to express your opinions if any about the project. The district is maintaining a web page ( and a Facebook page on the project. These sites contain the latest information on the project.
There are a number of upcoming PGO & district events where the study and options will be discussed. 

**Tuesday, October 13th, 10 - 11 AM
Informational Session for Families with Preschool & Young Children

in the Wildwood Cafeteria
Young children welcome
Hosted by ARPS

**Tuesday, October 13th, 7 PM
Parent Led Discussion about Proposed Elementary School Plans

ARPS District representatives may be present
in the Wildwood Cafeteria
Facilitated by district PGO members

**Thursday, October 15th, 7 PM
Wildwood School Building Update

with special guests Mr. Morris & Ms. Appy
in the Wildwood Cafeteria
Hosted by the Wildwood PGO

**Friday, October 16th, 9 AM
Fort River Coffee with the Principal

with special guests Mr. Morris & Ms. Appy
in the Fort River Cafeteria
Hosted by the Fort River PGO

**Monday, October 26th, 3:30 & 7 PM
Wildwood School Building Public Forum

two similar sessions (attend either)
in the ARHS Library
Hosted by the ARPS
The forum will be recorded & the recording will be available through Amherst Media later.

Joslin Lesser of Watertown, MA is the Project Management company coordinating this project. The Wildwood Joslin Lesser Community page is here: To see other K-12 projects coordinated by Joslin Lesser visit here:

If you missed the public forums held on September 29th, the district and Amherst Media have made content available. The video from last week's public forums is here: The slides shown during the forums are here: