Voters in Rocky Hill passed a referendum on Tuesday to build a new intermediate school to help ease overcrowding in the district.
The new school will be constructed at the site of the former Moser Elementary School, which has been vacant for several years.
John Bischoff started attending Moser Elementary School back in 1950, shortly after it opened.
"I worked as a facility maintainer in all our buildings, so I saw the school again for the first time in a long time. I realized that it had outlived its existence, it was tired,” Bischoff said.
He said he’s happy his fellow Rocky Hill residents voted in favor of constructing a new intermediate school at the site of his former elementary school, which has been vacant since 2011.
"The need is there. There is overcrowding in the school, and hopefully this gets rid of the wooden classrooms sitting at the other schools,” Bischoff said.
The student population in the town’s two existing K-5 schools, Stevens Elementary and West Hill Elementary, have exceeded their design capacity.
Both schools now have portable classrooms to accommodate all of the students.
The $48 million school would be for fourth and fifth grade students, and would accommodate nearly 600 students.
A portion of the money will come from a state grant, while the majority will come from the taxpayers.
Some residents didn’t know why the town opted for a brand new structure, instead of updating the existing one.
The interim town manager contends the school was built back in the 1920s and because of its age, it made sense to start from scratch.
"The town manager is authorized to go out and solicit for an architect and a construction manager. So, we'll probably start that process next week,” said Interim Town Manager John Meher.
Once completed, the school will have 26 classrooms, as well as various athletic and playing fields on-site.
The goal is to complete construction and open the new school by the fall of 2019.
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