The Harvard Press, Posted: August 27, 2015
As our schools prepare to open for another academic year, the surprise is that the recent decline in enrollments at both Hildreth Elementary and Bromfield schools has come to a halt. The number of local students is expected to increase slightly for the first time in several years, and although the number of Devens students will remain more or less flat for now, new housing along Grant Road at the former military base could add as many as 72 students over the next five years, according to a study done by the School Committee in 2013.
It’s a moment to reflect on the role that Devens plays in maintaining the quality of our highly rated schools. Their reputation attracts families with school-age children to Harvard as well as Devens, where our contract with MassDevelopment guarantees renters and homebuyers there a first-class K–12 education. That contract contributes mightily to Harvard’s ability to maintain its high standards in spite of the district’s small size and lack of regional partners.
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