Brockton reviews space needs after surge in K-8 pupils

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Boston Globe -- The number of young students in Brockton has grown so much over the past decade, partly driven by immigration, that the city has reopened a shuttered school building to accommodate them.

Since 2011, Brockton experienced a surge of about 600 new K-8 students, bringing the total to 12,073, with 75 percent of the new students in the K-5 level, said Jocelyn Meek, spokeswoman for the department.

To handle the influx, school officials reopened the Barrett Russell School, which was closed as a cost-cutting measure in 2009, to house approximately 300 kindergarten students and make room in the other elementary schools for new students.

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