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Middleborough votes yes on new high school

Middleborough voters resoundingly approved a ballot question that allows the town to borrow the estimated $103.6 million needed to demolish the local high school and build a new one, with the state expected to pick up 44 percent of the cost.

The vote in the special election held on Nov. 4 was 2,094 in favor to 973 against, according to preliminary results from the town clerk’s office. Voter turnout was slightly more than 17 percent.

Officials estimate that borrowing for the project will add $391 a year on average to the property taxes of the average Middleborough home assessed at $297,300.

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School Superintendent Brian E. Lynch said he was “extremely pleased and grateful” for the vote, and said the new school was “a positive investment in the future of this great hometown [that] will potentially maximize the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional well-being of Middleborough children for generations to come.

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“From the futuristic classroom designs to the community spaces to the music and theater areas and the grounds including an incredible athletic complex, our young people will develop in a culture of excellence, achievement, innovation, and well-being,” Lynch said.

Rob Desrosiers, chairman of the High School Building Committee, said he anticipates the project will go out to bid in the fall of 2018.

“The Building Committee understands that this is a huge undertaking for the town and is committed to bringing the project in on time and under budget,” he said.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com.