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.
As a member of the Sandy Hook Task Force, and also one of the representatives on the Legislative Council for the Sandy Hook district (2) I struggled to come to a decision as to what the best choice was for the future of Sandy Hook School. I believe and strongly support the decision, to build in the same location, for the following reasons.
I would like to encourage all Newtown residents cast a ballot for the Sandy Hook School appropriation referendum being held this Saturday at the Newtown Middle School. For those who cannot vote Saturday, absentee ballots are available at the town clerk’s office.
I would just like to voice my support for the building of a new school for the Sandy Hook students. Thanks to the State of Connecticut, which is paying for all the work; it will have no impact on our local taxes. In the long run it will save us money because we will not have to update an aging facility.
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