BERLIN, CT (WFSB) -- After almost 90 years, a school in Berlin will close its doors at the end of the month.
The Mooreland Hill School, an independent kindergarten to 9th grade school, will close on Aug. 31.
Not enough children enrolled for the upcoming school year.
It's a school of only about 30 kids, some of the children had committed to going and then recently withdrew, which caused there to not be enough children to attend this year.
"Shocking and disappointed. I was very sad to hear the news and it came very unexpectedly," said Kate Dow, a parent.
The school was founded in 1930 by a group of local parents, according to a letter on the school’s website.
The school said they would work with parents to help them find a new school for their children.
"We are in the process of looking at new schools. Mooreland has been very helpful with communicating to its students that they will help find placement for next year for the students, knowing that it is short [notice]. They've contacted other schools in the area, private schools in the area, to let them know that there are students in need of placement," Dow said.
“Our mission at Mooreland has always been to provide a small school setting designed to empower each student with the knowledge, skills, and character to be lifelong learners and leaders. Under Head of School Reed Rathgeber’s inspirational leadership, we have sustained the high quality, values-led educational experience for which Mooreland has long been recognized despite our ongoing financial challenges. Proof of our success has been the continued acceptance of our graduates to the finest independent secondary schools in our region. However, the demographics of our area and the costly economics of private secondary education have made it increasingly difficult to achieve the level of enrollment necessary to deliver on our mission in a financially responsible manner,” Seth Brewer, President of the Board of Trustees, said in a letter.
Channel 3 went to the school to speak with officials, but no one answered the door or returned our phone calls.
According to Dow, who is a volunteer at the school, she said the school is paying teachers through the end of their contracts, which end in August.
She also said the school is working to get parents refunds and any necessary paperwork in order for children to start school elsewhere.