New high school in Middleborough gets Town Meeting OK

Middleborough Town Meeting voted overwhelmingly to spend approximately $104 million to build a new high school and demolish the old one, with the expectation that the state will pick up 44 percent of the tab. The vote at the Oct. 2 meeting was 443 to 5. “It felt really good; there was very little negativity,” said Rob Desrosiers, chairman of the Middleborough High School Building Committee. Next step is a townwide vote Nov. 4 to override Proposition 2½ borrowing limits for the project to move forward. If that measure passes, and all goes as planned, students would move into a new high school in January 2021, Desrosiers said. Officials estimate that borrowing for the project would add $391 a year on average to the property taxes on the average Middleborough home assessed at $297,300 – with the amount varying over the years of the loan from $249 to $533 annually. The current school was built in 1967.


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