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Public schools try to reverse loss of students

The Rockland public schools expect to enroll about 70 more students this fall than last year, a small victory for a district that, like many of its neighbors, lost pupils by double-digit percentage points over the last decade. In the suburbs south of Boston, roughly two-thirds of the public school districts have seen enrollment slip.

Rockland’s school superintendent, John Retchless, credits a new middle school and renovated high school with prompting families to stay in the system instead of choosing private or parochial schools, or sending their children to another public school through the Massachusetts school choice or charter programs.

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