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Sharon officials tour French bilingual school

From left, Sharon Police Chief Tilden Kaufman, Selectman Walter B. Roach Jr., Board of Selectmen chairman John McGrath, Town Administrator Fred Turkington, and Bilingual Montessori School of Sharon owner Linda Valentin during a recent visit.
From left, Sharon Police Chief Tilden Kaufman, Selectman Walter B. Roach Jr., Board of Selectmen chairman John McGrath, Town Administrator Fred Turkington, and Bilingual Montessori School of Sharon owner Linda Valentin during a recent visit.Regan Communications

Local officials recently toured the Bilingual Montessori School of Sharon and said the town is invested in the school’s success.

“We’re interested in making people aware of the educational opportunities in the town,” Town Administrator Fred Turkington said following the visit. It is in the town’s interest that the school does well, as it has a 30-year lease with the town for the land on which the school is built, he said.

The French bilingual school teaches toddlers through elementary-age children and focuses on music education, including piano, violin, and choral music, among other subjects.

“It’s very important to us that the children who leave here are fully cultivated,” said owner and deputy head of school Linda Valentin.

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The school property on Lake Massapoag includes a building that was transformed over five years with nearly $2 million in private investment into a French-style chateau.

The school opened in 2015 and has a music room, a kitchen, several classrooms, outdoor gardens, and a playground. The architecture and finishings feature glass chandeliers, arched windows, Corinthian columns, and railings along the staircase at different heights, one for adults, and one for children.

The school isn’t at capacity and could eventually accept 89 students, Valentin said.

“The Bilingual Montessori School certainly provides a unique educational opportunity for preschool students from Sharon and neighboring towns,” said John McGrath, chairman of the Board of Selectmen.

Located at 120 Lakeview St., the school will hold an open house for families from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 1.


Jill Terreri Ramos can be reached at jill.ramos@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @jillterreri.