Amherst elementary schools to undergo upgrades over next few years

Hampshire County

Amherst elementary schools will be undergoing much-needed repairs over the next few years.

These repairs are projected to cost nearly $12 million over the next five years at all three public elementary schools. Some of those repairs include installing new chillers to improve the cooling capacity of the buildings, new uni-vents, and new doors on classrooms.

These cost estimates come after plans to construct a $66.37 million twin school at the Strong Street site of Wildwood School were turned down. 

“It’s a challenge because the needs are great. We have had many years of deferred maintenance, but my advocacy is always what’s in the best interest of the students and their families,” said Michael Morris, superintendent of Amherst Public Schools. 

Some projects will happen immediately while some other projects will take place while students are out of school.

Morris also said it will be up to the town council to determine what spending is approved in the capital plan for fiscal 2020, which begins July 1.

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