Supporters of the Restore ORR campaign will face a critical hurdle tonight. The ORR School Committee will be voting on a proposal that would renovate the high school's auditorium, stadium field and track.

Due to the fact that there are so many high school athletes at ORR, the field gets an incredible amount of use that makes a natural grass surface unsustainable. Each year, the field deteriorates to an unsafe surface of hard packed dirt and rocks, complimented with patches of grass. Restore ORR believes that this surface not only poses a risk for broken ankles and feet, but also for concussions due to the unforgiving playing field. Therefore, the Restore ORR initiative calls for the grass surface to be replaced with artificial turf.

The aging track, which has been worn down to the tar in some spots, would also be replaced.

ORR's dated auditorium would receive modern day lighting and sound technology to support the successful drama club and other community productions that occur in the auditorium.

The improvements for ORR would be split between the Tri-Town taxpayers. The average homeowner in Marion would pay an additional $25.11 per year for the next 15 years, the average homeowner in Mattapoisett would face an additional $19.57 per year for the next 15 years, and the average homeowner in Rochester would be paying an additional $34.39 per year for the next 15 years.

The ORR School Committee will decide tonight whether or not the issue will proceed to the Town Meeting in May and eventually to a ballot vote in the town election.

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