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Private school looking into Medford location

Posted by Jarret Bencks  December 14, 2012 12:03 PM

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A small Melrose-based private school is looking to branch out by opening a new location in Medford.

The city's school committee will decide whether Acera School, a private elementary and middle school with an enrollment of 58, is given permission to establish a chapter in Medford. State law allows school committees to reject a proposed private school only if they believe it fails to meet state education standards, Medford Superintendent Roy Belson said, who has recommended the school committee approve the proposed school.

There have been some questions about whether Medford schools would have to pay for transportation for students at the school, and whether it would have to contribute funds to special education, Belson said. But he doesn't think either of those subjects will be an issue.

"That's not their focus," Belson said. "They would have to be an approved special needs school and I don't see them going in that direction."

When the Acera School in Melrose opened in 2010 it leased space in a former elementary school there, but Belson said he didn't think that would be part of the plan in Medford.

"I think they want their own facility," he said.

The school committee is expected to discuss the school in a meeting Monday at City Hall at 7 p.m.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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