In October 2019, Amesbury residents voted in favor of building a new Amesbury Elementary School next to the Cashman Elementary School. The two buildings will create a "campus" where all Amesbury students grades K-2 will attend AES and students grades 3-5 will attend Cashman.
All School Building Committee meetings are open to the public and can be found on the City Calendar.
At the bottom of the page, you'll find attachments with presentations, supporting documentation and building plans.
How is the City paying for this project?
There will be a temporary tax increase to cover the City's bond repayments, which will begin with small increases and will ramp up to the full tax impact around 2022. As an example, a single-family home valued at $400,000 will see an average tax increase of $370 per year.
How will the new grade configuration affect my child's education?
The grade configuration will be PK, K-2 at the new Amesbury Elementary School and grades 3-5 at the existing Cashman Elementary School. This new grade configuration offers students to receive the same quality educational and learning experience through common curriculum, leadership and related services with less communication and curriculum issues between the two elementary schools. This configuration creates staffing efficiencies, teacher collaboration and professional development across each entire grade level. Learn more in the full report.
How will the new school impact traffic in that area?
There was a traffic study done in 2018 for this project, and it was determined that Lions Mouth Road will be able to accomodate the additional traffic created from having AES in this location along with CES. The intersection at Friend Street and Highland Street will be reconstructed with funding from a Complete Streets grant, and must be complete by June 2021.
School Building Committee
Mayor Kassandra Gove* - Chair / Local Chief Executive Officer
Peter Hoyt* - School Committee Member
Nick Wheeler* - City Councilor (member of local finance committee)
Shannon Nolan* - School Principal
Joe Spencer* - Community member with construction experience
Monique Griffin - Parent/Community Member
Brendon Sullivan - Parent/Community Member
Bruce McBrien - Teacher
Christin Chabot - Teacher
Lauri McAllister - Teacher
Matthew Bennett* - Local Official responsible for Building Maintenance
Joan Liporto* - Member who is MCPPO Certified
Jared Fulgoni* - Superintendent of Schools
Angel Wills* - CFO, City of Amesbury
Paul Fahey* - Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Amesbury
Lynn Catarius* - Director of Special Education and Student Services
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