The citizens of Newtown, Connecticut, have witnessed enough tragedy and experienced enough heartbreak following last year’s massacre in which 20 children and 6 adults were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary school by a crazed gunman. Ever since, the town has wrestled with what to do with the empty school. Last week, a record number of the town’s voters turned up to vote ‘yes’ to demolish the school for good.
People reports that the voters of Newtown have accepted a $50 million dollar grant from the state of Connecticut’s lawmakers to be used to build a brand-new Sandy Hook Elementary. The results of the vote, which People reports are unofficial, had the tally at 4,504 for the grant and 558 against. A task force of Newtown officials had already voted the grant in, making the public vote a mere formality.
John Reed, the Weston Public Schools Interim Superintendent explained to the Newtown Bee that the funding does not have restrictions. "It does not have to be repaid, it has no impact on the tax rate. It is an attempt on the part of the state to make Newtown whole."
Since last year’s tragedy, Sandy Hook students have been attending elementary school in nearby Monroe. We hope this new building will help the healing of Newtown, and our thoughts are with these families.