South Shore Regional Vocational

Technical High School



What is the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA)?

The South Shore Regional Vocational Technical High School is working with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) on the High School Building project. The MSBA is a quasi-independent government agency that funds capital improvement projects in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ public schools. The MSBA “work[s] with local communities to create affordable, sustainable, and energy-efficient schools across Massachusetts.” It has a dedicated revenue stream of one penny of the Commonwealth’s 6.25 percent sales tax. Since 2004, the MSBA has made more than $15.6B in reimbursement payments to school districts for school construction projects.

What is the SST School Building Committee (SBC)? Who is involved?

The SST SBC is charged with coordinating and facilitating the design and construction of a new or renovated school. There are fifteen voting members of the SST SBC, which consist of Public Schools staff and elected officials, as well as community members with experience in the building/construction and education industries. Please visit the project team page to review a list of SBC members.

What is the timeline for the SST project?

This project is expected to take anywhere from five to seven years given the rigorous and multi-step process the MSBA requires. The process began in April 2021 when the MSBA invited SST into the Eligibility Period following the submittal of a Statement of Interest (SOI). It is anticipated that construction or renovation of SST, at the earliest, may begin in 2025 with project completion in 2027/2028. Final Project Schedule will be determined in a later design phase.

How much will the project cost? How will the project be paid for?

The estimated total cost of the SST Project is between $250M and $300M; however, the actual total project will be unknown until the Feasibility Study is completed. The MSBA will reimburse for eligible project costs during construction. The reimbursement rates are dependent upon various socioeconomic factors, as well as limitations related to square footage, with a minimum base rate of 31 percent up to a maximum of 80 percent. Several factors can increase the MSBA’s reimbursement rate, including a community income factor, community property factor and community poverty factor. Historically, the MSBA’s reimbursement rate covers approximately 60 percent of the total project cost. The remaining costs will be funded through a municipal bond that will be paid throughout a thirty-year period. 

Where can I go to learn more information about this project? How can I stay informed?

The SST SBC is committed to an inclusive, transparent process. As the project progresses, there will be considerable opportunities for public input and community engagement, including stakeholder surveys and public meetings. The project website has information to stay informed, such as relevant news articles, meeting agendas, minutes and presentationsfrom the SBC meetings. The project website will be updated regularly as new information is available. SBC meetings are also posted regularly and open to the public. Please direct any further questions to the Project Email: (


South Shore Tech’s School Building Committee voted at the December 14th Meeting to proceed with CM-at-Risk procurement for the project. The process was started by submitting a request for approval to the Inspector General’s office and receiving the approval on March 8, 2024. Public advertising for CM firms Pre-Qualifications (RFQ) was done on March 6 with responses due on March 27, followed by Request for Proposals (RFP) from the qualified firms and the interview process on May 9th & 10th. During deliberations on May 10th, Suffolk Construction was ranked as the #1 firm and contract negotiations were started.

While evaluating the options for enrollment and building, the project team has issued estimated Tax Impact Analysis for the different districts. This analysis is provied for comparison purposes ONLY and it will be updated and finalized at the end of schematic design.

A message from Superintendent Tom Hickey
To view the presentation without narration, click here

South Shore Tech, the selected designer, Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc. (DRA), and the project team are in the midldle stages of the Feasibility Study. The first portion was spent on educational visioning and space planning, and  the first submission to the MSBA known as the PDP (Preliminary Design Program), was submitted in October, 2023. The next step in the feasibility study was the PSR (Preferred Schematic Report) submission, which was submitted in April 2024. After the PSR Submission the project went in front of the MSBA Board of Directors on April 26, 2024 and was formally voted through to proceed into Schematic Design. Following a more in-depth design and site development, the next submission that goes to the MSBA will be the Schematic Design Submission on August 29, 2024.



Whitman Forum

June 8, 2024