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New Atoka school already at capacity

ATOKA, TN (WMC-TV) - Teachers at the new Atoka Elementary school hoped they would have a little room to grow once they moved in, but they quickly found out that's not the case. 

As south Tipton County's population continues to boom, so does the need for more schools. 

"We are experiencing a lot of growth down there and certainly its been a challenge for us to keep up with them," Tipton County Director of Schools Dr. Tim Fite said Monday.

The system's newest school, Atoka Elementary, has room for 800 students, and is already over capacity.

"We were hoping for the numbers to be a little smaller but we are able to make accommodations and meet the needs of all our students," Principal Charlotte Fisher said.

Fite said growth is something his school system has been facing for years. 

"We have the largest number of students per household of any county in the stat," he said.

Fisher said her teachers were already prepared for a full house.

"We had made plans for that with our schedules and with our teachers...we're ready to make those transitions to accommodate students that we have here," she said.

School administrators say it will take a team effort to continue the school's successful ventures, like wireless internet and other new trends.

"The teachers, the students, and the parents - that's the team we are trying to build here and it's a positive team," Fisher said.

Tipton County School leaders said their next step will be to expand already existing middle and high schools to help accommodate the growth.

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