Maintaining a Key Component of the Commonwealth’s Economy
The $300 million investment is the largest the state has made in its vocational technical schools in 30 years.
In July 2009, the MSBA launched the Vocational, Technical and Agricultural School Renew and Repair Program. The program commits $100 million to upgrading and repairing nine vocational technical high schools that have submitted Statements of Interest. This funding is in addition to the $200 million the MSBA has already committed to Voc/Tech schools over the past two years. This combined $300 million investment is the largest the state has made in its vocational technical schools in 30 years.
The MSBA requires towns in each vocational school district to match the MSBA’s investment before work can begin. The program aims to leverage local and private business dollars to maintain Voc/Tech schools, which are a key component of the Commonwealth’s economy. The time was right for this initiative: the state’s vocational technical schools are aging while more than 2,800 students are on waiting lists to get into these schools. There is also an added educational benefit to this inventive program since students themselves can often work on the building repairs or upgrades.
The MSBA will provide $100 million for improvements in the following vocational technical or agricultural schools that have pending SOIs with the MSBA:
- Assabet Valley Regional Tech High School
- Bay Path Regional Voc/Tech High School
- Greater Lowell Technical High School
- Minuteman Career and Technical High School
- Norfolk County Agricultural High School
- Northeast Metro Technical High School
- Old Colony Regional Voc/Tech High School
- Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School
- Southeastern Regional Voc/Tech High School