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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 2., The development of the public School of Medford. (search)
e full meaning of that word; we find no record of moving schools held first in one angle squadron or district, then in another, but her schools were kept in her one school-house. Although we find the town divided later into so-called districts, they were not so in the meaning of the law of 1800, which made each district a separate corporation with power to levy taxes, to sue and be sued. Medford has been spared that degradation. The subject was not even brought up in town meeting till April 4, 1825. The committee appointed at the March meeting on the subject of School Committee and School Districts made the following report: That they find the whole number of children 14 years old and under to be 525: of which number 159 are under 4 years of age, leaving 366 from 4 to 14 years of age: of which number about 50 will probably attend private schools, leaving 316 to attend the town schools. Under these considerations your committee recommend that the Town be divided into two Distr