Back in April and May when I was serving on the Sandy Hook School Task Force, the number one message I got from the public was that Sandy Hook School students need to get back their own school in Sandy Hook as soon as possible.
I strongly urge a yes vote on the referendum to expedite this process.
Please take a few minutes this Saturday to cast your vote regarding the building of a new Sandy Hook School. In our busy lives it is easy to miss, especially on a Saturday, but this referendum is critical for so many people and for many reasons.
Sitting at a desk and starring at a keyboard with an intense desire to write a letter of support for the SHS vote this Saturday is the easy part. Finding the right words to express how important you believe it is to vote Yes and attempting to appropriately encourage others to do the same is difficult.
The vote on the upcoming referendum has weighed very heavily on me as it has, I’m sure, on others. I understand our elected officials have united in their support of accepting state money to build a new school and tear done the current Sandy Hook School.
Newtown residents, accept the state’s grant for the purpose of building a new Sandy Hook School. This one-time opportunity will allow Newtown to continue moving forward. Resultant positives by passing this referendum include:
Returning the children, faculty and staff to the Sandy Hook community
No local tax increase due to building Sandy Hook School
A fully funded state grant with no repayment requirement
We are writing to urge all Newtown residents to vote “Yes” on the October 5th referendum. By accepting this generous grant from the state, we will be able to bring our children home to Sandy Hook and provide for the future children of Sandy Hook. This money is a gift from the state and will not impact our local taxes.
Newtown Middle School PTA has voted to advocate for a Yes vote for this weekend's town referendum regarding Sandy Hook School. Passing this referendum is a win-win for both our school district and our town government. Accepting the $50 million grant from the state will not only bring the Sandy Hook students back to Newtown, but will also replace a valuable town asset. Failure to accept this grant will have an impact on all Newtown families.
Please be sure to vote in the town-wide referendum on Saturday to accept the grant that will fund rebuilding of Sandy Hook Elementary School. We fully support the unanimous decision made by all 28 town officials from all three parties representing the Board of Selectmen, Board of Education, Legislative Council and the Board of Finance.
In Sandy Hook, like in other areas, our elementary school is the center of our community. Our children learned to ride their bikes in the parking lot. They learned to read and write in the classrooms alongside their friends and neighbors. They played baseball on hot summer days and took their first driving lesson in the big open parking lot on a quiet Saturday afternoon. On December 14, 2012 many things were taken from us. Six women gave their lives, and 20, yes 20 children will never have the chance to grow up.