Newtown Panel: Tear Down Sandy Hook, Rebuild


By News Department

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - It will be a place of learning again, not a monument to a massacre.

A task force of elected officials in Newtown, Conn., has voted to tear down Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed in December. The task force has recommended that a new school be constructed on the same site.

The task force is composed of 28 election officials and their recommendation was unanimous. The proposal now goes to the local school board and then before voters as a referendum.

The building hasn't been used since the shooting. The 430 surviving students are attending a renovated school renamed Sandy Hook Elementary School in the neighboring town of Monroe.

A study found building a new school on the existing site would cost $57 million. Officials estimate the new building could reopen in January 2016 if all goes well.

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