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  • Provoked By Newtown, Obama Pushes For Mental Health Reforms

    WASHINGTON DC -– Having stumbled on gun control, President Barack Obama on Monday called for a national dialogue on mental illness – a campaign touched off by last year’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

    Speaking at the beginning of a day-long White House conference on the issue, Obama said the time has come to bring mental illness “out of the shadows.”

    “I want to make sure people aren’t suffering,” he said.

  • Esty Applauds $1.3m SERV Grant For Sandy Hook Elementary

    NEW BRITAIN – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty released the following statement regarding news that Sandy Hook Elementary will receive a School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant of $1.3 million from the U.S. Department of Education.

  • Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Authorize Funds For New Sandy Hook School

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Connecticut’s US Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal along with Newtown’s Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty have introduced new federal legislation that would authorize federal funds to assist with the construction of a new Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • Board Names New Sandy Hook School Administrators

    Following an executive session, the Board of Education unanimously voted on Tuesday, May 21, to name a principal and assistant principal for Sandy Hook School.

    Kathleen Gombos, the current principal at R.M.T. Johnson School in Bethel, was chosen as the new principal for Sandy Hook School, and Timothy Napolitano, who currently teaches at Reed Intermediate School, was appointed as assistant principal.

  • Lawmakers Call For Federal Funding For New Sandy Hook School

    US Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty  announced in a conference call Thursday, May 16, that next week they will introduce a bill into the Senate and House of Representatives to amend the School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) fund, allowing it to provide funding to assist in reconstruction of school buildings.

  • Public Building Chair Ready For Sandy Hook School Project

    Now that the Sandy Hook School Building Task Force has made its recommendation to construct a new facility on the site of the existing school, Public Building and Site Commission Chairman Robert Mitchell believes he can put himself in the place of many of the task force members as they struggled toward their goal.

    “A part of me wished they could put off the decision another year,” he told The Bee this week, just days after the task force completed its nearly eight-week process. “But we really can’t wait.”

  • The White Rabbit Speaks

    Newtown’s collective consideration of what to do about providing the next permanent elementary school for the children of Sandy Hook over the 21 weeks since 12/14 has, in the context of the normal glacial pace of community planning, seemed like a sprint. A series of constituent meetings with victims’ families, survivors’ families, school faculty and staff, and residents produced a list of 10 guiding principles for creating a new school environment for the children of Sandy Hook.

  • Saying Goodbye To The Sandy Hook School Building

    To the Editor:

    Sandy Hook School is a part of our history, a part of our lives. My own family roamed those halls for 14 years. Whether we decide to massively renovate it, or tear it down, I have a request. Can we set aside a day when we can have one last walk-through?

    I'm assuming the section of the hallway and the two classrooms are boarded off. That's fine. But to have an opportunity to say goodbye to the rest of the school – I think that's important closure for Sandy Hook School families past and present.

  • Medal Of Honor Recipients Award Sandy Hook Heroes Citizen Medals

    In a ceremony at Newtown High School on Monday, May 6, Congressional Medal of Honor recipients presented Citizen Service Before Self Honors Medals posthumously to the fallen Sandy Hook School staff from 12/14 and presented a Certificate of Commendation to all teachers and staff at the school who acted courageously that day.

  • Monroe PD Orders Extra Security Precautions At Chalk Hill School Monday

    MONROE – Students at the temporary Sandy Hook School facility and two other neighboring Monroe schools were put on a "controlled lockdown," Monday, May 5 after Harrison, New Jersey Police notified the local officers that a carjacked vehicle was suspected to possibly be in the vicinity.

    Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed notified Sandy Hook School parents Monday afternoon that on the advice of the Monroe Police Department, recess was held indoors today at the Chalk Hill School, where the Sandy Hook children currently attend classes.