Newtown panel: Tear down Sandy Hook, rebuild

Newtown panel: Tear down Sandy Hook, rebuild

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NEWTOWN, CT - DECEMBER 15: A message along the highway speaks to the grief of the Sandy Hook community near the Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty six people were shot dead, including twenty children, after a gunman identified as Adam Lanza opened fire in the school. Lanza also reportedly had committed suicide at the scene. A 28th person, believed to be Nancy Lanza was found dead in a house in town, was also believed to have been shot by Adam Lanza. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 12, 2013 at 8:19 AM

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) --  Newtown parents Steven Uhde and Peter Barresi didn't want the town to abandon the elementary school property where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed in December and build a new school elsewhere, saying that would be like letting the gunman win.

So they were glad Friday night when a task force of 28 local elected officials voted unanimously for a plan calling for tearing down Sandy Hook Elementary School and constructing a new building on the same property.

The plan approved by the Sandy Hook School Building Task Force now goes to the local school board and ultimately will have to be approved by residents at a referendum.

If all goes well, officials said construction could begin in the spring of next year and the new building could open in January 2016.

 

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