The effort to restore the Old Rochester Regional High School auditorium, main field, and track has been approved by the ORR School Committee.

The committee voted unanimously to support the drama club with an investment into new lighting and audio systems for the high school auditorium. The restoration project would also support athletics with the installation of a new high school track and a turf main field.

The safety of the track and main field at the high school has been called into question. The surface of the track has been worn down to the tar in some spots, and the condition of the field is nearly impossible to maintain as natural grass due to excessive use by multiple high school teams and local athletic leagues.

Organizers tell Fun 107 that with the support of the school committee, the effort will now be voted on during Rochester, Mattapoisett and Marion Town Meetings in May. If the restoration project is met with approval at the Town Meetings, it would then progress to a ballot vote.

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.

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