First Selectman Pat Llodra and Interim School Superintendent John Reed sat for a video interview September 24 to respond to questions and to help residents understand the implications of the upcoming October 5 referendum. On that Saturday, between 6 am and 8 pm, voters will be asked to accept or reject a gift of up to $50 million to remediate and demolish the existing Sandy Hook building, and to build a new, state-of-the-art school facility, roughly on the same site.
DANBURY — While cleaning out a decayed efficiency apartment in a barn at a Poverty Hollow Road property in Newtown in April 2010, Jordan Wright of Redding made a grisly discovery — the skeletal remains of a woman who had formerly lived at that property and who had been reported missing to police by her husband 26 years earlier.
WASHINGTON, DC – US Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday, September 27, that the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) will provide $150,000 in 2013 fiscal year funding to Newtown to pay for two police positions to ensure school safety, such as school resource officers.
“This grant funding will help to offer critical support for law enforcement and essential services to the community as Newtown comes back from a heartbreaking tragedy,” Mr Holder said in a statement.
Residents had a chance Tuesday evening to learn more about the Solarize Connecticut, Solarize Newtown launch, “a unique discount buying program that uses a tiered-pricing structure, town-supported education and outreach … to dramatically reduce the cost of solar.”
Newtown’s Public Building and Site Commission (PBSC) introduced the design and engineering teams that will oversee the pending remediation and demolition of the existing Sandy Hook School, as well as coordinating the new school building project as it rolls out in the coming months. The panel also heard brief reports from project managers Aaron Krueger of Consigli Construction and Julia McFadden of Svigals + Partners.
During a brief special meeting September 25, the Legislative Council authorized the First Selectman's Office to produce explanatory materials for voters ahead of the scheduled, October 5 referendum.
The rare Saturday vote will ask residents to endorse or reject the state's gift of up to $50 million to remediate and demolish the former Sandy Hook School building, and to construct a new school for the community. Polls will be open at the Middle School from 6 am to 8 pm that day, and absentee ballots for that referendum are available now.
Creating a library director search committee with a clear process, building trust between the board, the community, and the staff, moving the library forward effectively, and increasing the sense of a team working together were the key topics of the special meeting of the C.H. Booth Library Board of Trustees, Tuesday, September 24.
“We all have to do it together, and with transparency,” said board Vice President John Trentacosta.
A view from Still Hill Road of a small section of the site proposed for Sherman Woods, which would be a 42-lot residential subdivision on 158 acres in Sandy Hook. Submitted as a cluster-style development, the project would preserve 107 acres of the site as public open space land.
Over two meetings, the Sandy Hook Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) unanimously voted last week to advocate for a Yes vote for the Saturday, October 5, referendum for the authorization for the town government to spend state money on demolishing, designing, and building a Sandy Hook School.
According to Sandy Hook School PTA President Stephanie Burns, First Vice President Jennifer Taylor, and member Karen Holden, the meetings focused more on how to get people out to vote rather than on whether or not to advocate.
The Town of Newtown has developed its latest informational Q&A document to continue ensuring that residents are informed through the rebuilding process of Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The fifth document, released on September 26, provides an update on the Sandy Hook Elementary School building project and the referendum scheduled on October 5, 2013 to authorize the town government to spend money which has been granted by the State of Connecticut.