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School enrollment numbers are on the rise in Rocky Hill

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School enrollment numbers are on the rise in Rocky Hill (WFSB) School enrollment numbers are on the rise in Rocky Hill (WFSB)
ROCKY HILL, CT (WFSB) -

The Rocky Hill School District is seeing more students fill their classrooms this year.

To handle the growing community, parents said they are calling for another school to be built.

Parents had the opportunity to speak out at a Board of Education on Thursday evening.

"Our schools are kind of busting at the seams," said parent Kate Balog.

Every school in the district has seen an increase in enrollment, but West Hill Elementary has seen the most.

“I think the town is growing and I think unfortunately our schools aren't growing and we have a lot more apartments and families... and our current schools aren't designed for that and something needs to change,” said parent Corrina Elloian.

She has two children enrolled at West Hill Elementary School and thinks something more permanent should be done for students.

“It looks like the school sizes are growing and there is nothing being done, and this town has tried unsuccessfully a few times to pass referendums to increase the school sizes and it's just not passing,” Elloian said.

According to Rocky Hill’s school superintendent, West Hill Elementary School’s enrollment has grown in both 2013 and 2014.

Stevens Elementary School’s enrollment numbers dropped by only a few students in 2014.

This year, the jump in growth continues.

West Hill has seen an increase of more than 100 students in just a few years. Stevens has also seen higher enrollment numbers this year.

Two teachers have been added at West Hill.

One teacher is taking over the art room, and art will now be delivered to students through “Art on a Cart.”

The superintendent also said there is growth at the middle and high schools.

"In the short we've added two classroom teachers to deal with the increase in enrollment. Long term, were going to be looking at the potentially a new school," said School Superintendent Mark Zito.

The district is exploring whether or not to build a new elementary school to accommodate the new students.

The school board said no students will be moved to another school this year.

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