Fort River School Building Committee Update

In the spring of 2017 Amherst Town Meeting voted to move forward with a feasibility study of the Fort River Elementary School. The goals of the study are to evaluate the site and building in order to determine what are the possibilities for improvement. The School Administration asked for, and Town Meeting approved, up to $250,000 to accomplish this task that should include a structural analysis, initial schematic designs, and implementation of a “community engagement process”. The committee work is anticipated to take approximately 12 to 18 months.

The Fort River School Building Committee is committed to communicating with the public about its progress and getting a great deal of input along the way to inform decisions. Members of the public are welcome to attend the meetings, the location of each meeting will be published in the town website . Public comment is welcomed at the beginning of the meeting or via email at The public is encouraged to visit the committee’s website ( where documents, schedule, agendas, minutes, and other information are available. Additionally, meetings are recorded and will be broadcast by Amherst Media.

If interested in regular email updates, the public can opt-in to our list-serve by signing up on our website. A copy of these email updates and other documents will be kept on the website and in a binder at Jones Library so that anyone can access our documents and notes. Community listening and information sessions will be scheduled at key points of the process.

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