Sussex County Charter School for Technology 385 North Church Road, Sparta, NJ
After more than 12 years of renting space, Sussex County Charter School for Technology (SCCST) has a permanent home and began 2011 in their new facility. Located on a formerly vacant 4-acre lot, the new facility is 20,000 square feet and boasts a 4,000 square foot multi-purpose space. The independent space allows the school to develop and expand their programs for the middle school students they serve.
The school facility was designed to match the character of the historic district of Sparta and was built using modular and pre-engineered construction methods. Started in 1997, the school had been renting space within the Sussex County Technical School but had outgrown that space. With the new facility, SCCST grew from approximately 100 students in seventh and eighth grades to 200 students in sixth through eighth grades.
Build with Purpose purchased three vacant lots in November 2008 and developed the facility over the next two and half years. New Jersey Community Capital provided the construction financing to Build with Purpose, and in December 2010, SCCST purchased the facility from Build with Purpose for $5.3 million. Build with Purpose helped the charter school to secure permanent financing through the US Department of Agriculture’s Community Facility lending program, Sussex Bank and New Jersey Community Capital.