Representatives of Svigals + Partners, Consigli Construction, and Diversified Project Management attended the Wednesday, November 6, Board of Education meeting to update board members on the plans for the new Sandy Hook School.
“Sandy Hook School — 1956 — Visitors Welcome.” The white sign is now iconic, having appeared in countless news video clips and photographs following 12/14. The date, 1956, was the year the school opened, but its story began a couple of years earlier.
It was January 28, 1954, when the Board of Education conducted a special meeting to address the town’s rising population. Reports predicted such an overwhelming increase of school-aged children that another educational facility would be needed.
Sandy Hook School demolition and remediation work is already running ahead of schedule, thanks to the state recommending remediation vendor Bestech also handle demolition work at the site.
According to First Selectman Pat Llodra, late last Friday, October 11, the town received notice from the state that the town could move forward using Bestech for both remediation and demolition under a “professional services” designation, which means the town would not have to go out to bid for a separate demolition contractor.
Following an opportunity that was provided to Sandy Hook School staff and 12/14 victims’ families to visit the school site one final time, the site has been turned over to Consigli Construction, the company chosen to handle project management as remediation, demolition, and the eventual new school installation occurs.
Speaking to The Bee on October 7, First Selectman Pat Llodra said the property is now in the hands of the construction teams.
I’d like to thank all those in our community who supported Saturday’s Sandy Hook School referendum. The high turnout and landslide victory were a remarkable show of community support for SHS and all Newtown district students and families, both current and future.
Referendum polls will be open for all registered and qualified voters Saturday, October 5, between 6 am and 8 pm, at Newtown Middle School to appropriate $50 million in state funding to rebuild Sandy Hook School.
Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia-Halstead said mailed in absentee ballots for the referendum will be counted if received by Saturday, October 5. Voters may apply for their own referendum ballots in-person up until 4:30 pm Friday, October 4.
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.