Evan Allan explores rising enrollments, school building projects and Superintendent David Fleishman raises the prospects of the “R-word” in a Sunday Globe story.

Enrollment rose this year for the ninth straight year, reaching 12,438 by Oct. 1, according to preliminary numbers presented at a School Committee meeting Tuesday by Deputy Superintendent Sandra Guryan. This year’s kindergarten class of 960 is the largest in more than 40 years; across all grades the district added 268 students, a bump of 2.2 percent from last year, and the biggest single-year percentage increase in 20 years

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