If you can’t afford another tax hike, to build one of the most expensive elementary schools in the state, when less expensive alternatives could get state funding –
If you do NOT want Amherst’s public elementary system to be restructured, eliminating our three K-6 community schools –
If you do NOT want to separate young siblings at two different schools, and make it more difficult for families to drop off and pick up their children (1, 2, 3) –
If you think we need to be mindful of Amherst’s other important capital spending needs, including a fire station, library, and department of public works –
If you believe that true equity is about more than putting all kids in the same grade townwide into one building (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) –
If you think that getting kids into actual spacious outdoor play areas is more important than spending money to create a “natural feel,” indoors –
If you are concerned about the environmental, logistical, and safety effects of having a more chaotic transportation plan, to ship our kids between north and south ends of town –
If you are concerned about the hidden costs of massively increased school traffic and consolidation –
If you think there are other, better, more fiscally responsible solutions to address the structural concerns at our school buildings, and increase preschool seats at all elementary sites –
If you think that for nearly $70 million, we should expect a good, flexible plan that doesn’t create more problems than it hopes to solve –
VOTE NO on 5.
We can, and should, do better for our kids, and for our town.