Voters Endorse Nauset High Project

By: Tim Wood

Socially-distanced voters queue up at the Orleans Senior Center Tuesday morning.  ALAN POLLOCK PHOTO

The $131,825,665 renovation and expansion of Nauset Regional High School was approved by all four district towns in a special election Tuesday.

Each town approved two separate questions, one authorizing the regional school committee to borrow the cost of the project, the other exempting each town's share from Proposition 2½.

“The voters of the Nauset Region have spoken, resoundingly,” Christopher Easley, chair of the Nauset Regional School Committee, said in an email. “Quality education is important to them. We thank them for all their support.”

“It's great news for us,” said Nauset Superintendent Tom Conrad. “It's going to be a great project and do a lot of great things for learning at the high school.”

Orleans voters approved the district-wide question 1,650-585, while endorsing the town ballot question 1,619-633. The unofficial count in Wellfleet had the district vote at 952 in favor, 121 against, with the town ballot question winning 903-159.

In Brewster, voters endorsed the district question 2,160-1,456 and approved the town ballot 2,158-1,415. Eastham voters backed the district vote 1,559-415 as well as the local ballot question 1,479-476. 

With the Massachusetts School Building Authority kicking in 43.39 percent of the eligible cost, or $36,661,301, the four Nauset towns will pay a total of $95,164,360 to upgrade and expand the 50-year-old school in North Eastham. Brewster will pay the most at $45,830,225, with Orleans' share at $18,157,605, Eastham's at $18,871,224 and Wellfleet paying $12,290,135. A 25-year bond at 2.46 percent would cost an Orleans taxpayer $30.99 for each $100,000 of assessed property value in the first year.

The project's architects will begin working on final plans right away, Conrad said. “Our people are waiting to get right on this project,” he said. Construction is projected to be completed by August 2024.

This story was update at 11 a.m. March 31 to include the Brewster and Eastham vote tallies.