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  • The Last Time Newtown Built A School In Sandy Hook

    “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.

  • School Demolition Brings The Media Back To Town

    News media arrived in Newtown on Friday, October 25, seeking to cover the demolition of Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dickinson Drive.

    At least three satellite video trucks had arrived in town by early afternoon, staffed with crews assigned to the school demolition story.

    However, that assignment was not a simple one because town officials have placed the 12 Dickinson Drive school site strictly off limits for news coverage.

  • State Action Gets Sandy Hook School Project Off To A Fast Start

    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.

  • SHS Site Turned Over To Construction Manager, Remediation Commencing

    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.

  • A Step Forward

    To the Editor:

    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.

  • Saturday Referendum Calls Voters To Appropriate $50 Million Grant For Sandy Hook School

    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.

  • The Best Option For Sandy Hook School

    To the Editor:

    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. 

  • Give Sandy Hook Students A Fresh Start

    To the Editor:

     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.

  • A School Of Their Own

    To the Editor:

    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.

    Daniel T. Honan

    Newtown Legislative Council 2nd District

  • Don’t Forget To Vote

    To the Editor:

    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.