What is Restore ORR all about? What started out as a 5 million dollar project has been scaled down to a 2 million dollar project.
What does it entail? There are 3 areas to be repaired at the Old Rochester Regional High School.
The auditorium: 1/3 of the spotlights do not function and it’s difficult to find replacement parts since the equipment is old.
The lights run hot. Care needs to be taken when operating them.
Parts of the audio chain were replaced in recent years and this will complete that part to make the system fully digital.
The Track: The track is at the end of its expected useful life.
The top layer is disappearing exposing the tar base.
The track is cracking
•The ground is uneven with large areas of bare grass.
•The field is used through the spring and fall and never has a chance to recover. Despite being maintained, the constant usage prevents the grass’ repair.
•Because the ground is so compacted due to age and high usage, the field doesn’t drain effectively.
•These conditions force game cancellations or require games to be scheduled off-site. (including last autumn’s soccer playoffs)
•The lighting on this field is old and ceases to function occasionally.
•Our student athletes are put at a competitive disadvantage having to play in these conditions.
What is the solution?
1.Re-surface main stadium field with artificial turf
(Note: Crumb rubber will NOT be used for infill material. A number of alternative infill materials are currently available for use with synthetic turf fields.)
2. New six-lane track and re-build of grass infield
3. LED lights for main stadium field
4. Digital LED light system for auditorium (Cooler/safer, more energy efficient)
5. Audio system upgrades to wiring and the addition of monitors for stage and control booth
This plan enables us to use just one of the two grass fields in the back of the complex, so the grass has a growing season to recover.
This plan also enables us to generate revenue through rental of the auditorium and artificial turf field to outside groups. The revenues generated would be held by the ORR District in a revolving account specifically designated for capital improvements.
What is the impact on the average homeowner?
Marion: $25.11 / year
Mattapoisett: $19.57 / year
Rochester: $34.39 / year
BASED ON YEAR 1 OF A 15-YEAR DEBT SCHEDULE AND THE AVERAGE SINGLE FAMILY HOME PRICE. THIS ASSUMES THE CURRENT STUDENT SPLITS OF 28.49% MARION, 34.83% MATTAPOISETT AND 36.68% ROCHESTER. AVERAGE SINGLE FAMILY HOME VALUE: MARION $627,656, MATTAPOISETT $489,364 AND ROCHESTER $382,158.
Town Meeting Dates:
Marion: May 13
Mattapoisett: May 13
Rochester: May 20
Get out to town meeting and make your voice heard!
How does this affect our tri-towns?
According to Kate Lanagan MacGregor, broker-owner of BOLD Moves Real Estate,
“It is no secret that people who move to the area do so because of the schools. We have a quality education, athletics, arts, and community. We must stay at least on par with what other schools offer in the way of facilities.
Also on a personal level, Kate stated, ” I am a 1980 graduate of ORR. When I was there, I ran the hurdles in track, I had those cinder pieces in my knees and legs all the time. When we went to other schools where they had better tracks, we simply were not competitive. With the quality of athletes and students that we have in this area, it is time to restore ORR!”
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