SST is a single-story building, 121,000 square feet, on 35 acres. There are other outbuildings on campus including a ticket booth and press booth near the football field, concession stand, locker room/horticulture shop space, maintenance building, greenhouse and a modular unit containing three small classrooms. There are wetlands on the borders of the property. There is also a septic leaching field in the school’s front yard. The District is in the process of buying 436 Webster Street, an adjacent residential property to use for administrative and operations space and expanded parking.
SST opened in 1962 to students in grades 11-12. By 1964 there was an enrollment of 142 students for five vocational programs: Automotive Repair, Electronics, Auto Body Repair, Machine Shop and Precision Metals. Today, SST has an enrollment of 656 students and a waiting list for the start of the 22-23 school year. SST offers the following Chapter 74 programs: Automotive, Culinary Arts, Carpentry, Cosmetology, Electrical, Graphic Communications/Design & Visual Communications, Computer Information Technology, HVAC-R, Allied Health, Advanced Manufacturing/Electronics (referred to as Manufacturing Engineering Technology), Metal Fabrication/Welding and Horticulture & Landscape Construction. We also offer a full complement of academic courses in English, mathematics, science, social studies and physical education.
In 1978, a five-room addition was added, which now houses the science department. Another addition was constructed in 1992 that houses eight vocational programs including a restaurant, a beauty salon and a 65 tiered seat lecture hall and library/media center. In 1996, a detached 2,914 square foot garage/storage area was built by the carpentry program. In 2000, a 1,600 square foot, three room modular unit was added outside the building envelope. In 2016-17, a 3,000 square foot maintenance building was constructed by our students and staff. This helped reduce the space issue for storage as cited in a 2013 NEASC report. In 2019, an existing out building was renovated to house the Horticulture and Landscape Construction program. To provide additional educational space, significant amounts of supplies and equipment have been relocated to our outbuildings for storage of school supplies and equipment. One of these storage buildings was renovated in 2019 for the Horticulture & Landscape Construction program and an additional locker room. In 2020 a greenhouse was constructed on campus for additional instructional space for the Horticulture & Landscape Construction program.
Below is an image of the existing condition, as well as some of the initial options that were studied.