“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.
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.
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.