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Private schools flexing with economy

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January 09, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — Although the bad economy has hit them in the pocketbook (like everyone else), local private schools are generally flexing to stay afloat.

"Most of [our students' parents] are working as hard as they can now. They have to make a decisions, and this is extra," said Madeline Brouillard, principal of Trinity Catholic Academy. Still, she added, "If we lose three, we'll get two new ones, so it stays about the same."

This semester, the pre-K to 8 school has about 200 students; it had about 220 a couple of years ago.

The much smaller Green Valley Montessori School made its major changes to deal with the downturn two years ago. Because of declining enrollment, school owner Eve DiPietro opted to eliminate its elementary school section and focus solely on pre-school. The area that once served the older kids, she said, is being used for small community group meetings instead.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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