On Saturday, October 5, Newtown voters have an opportunity to cast their ballot in the question of whether we should accept the state’s grant for the purpose of building a new Sandy Hook School. I strongly encourage voters to act in favor and cast a Yes vote.
We write to urge all Newtown and Sandy Hook residents to vote Yes in the October 5 referendum regarding Sandy Hook School. There are many, many emotional reasons why we believe SHS belongs back in Sandy Hook, but frankly they are all completely irrelevant here. Sandy Hook School needs to be rebuilt in Sandy Hook for reasons that are all practical and sensible – here are just a few:
The State of Connecticut is giving us a gift – the gift of a new school. What were you taught to do when you receive a gift? You were taught to say, “Thank you.” We can all say “Thank you” by voting “Yes” on October 5.
HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced September 24 that the state is pledging its support to the Town of Newtown to facilitate the building of a replacement of Sandy Hook Elementary School and is prepared to approve the first round of funding toward its construction at Friday’s meeting of the State Bond Commission.
Following a closed session discussion September 3, the Board of Selectmen announced that Svigals + Partners has been chosen as the architect/engineers for the Sandy Hook School project, along with Consigli Construction Company to manage the construction.
In addition, selectmen announced that both BL and Turner will be involved in the project, continuing work they have performed for the Newtown community over these past months. BL will perform the civil engineering role and Turner will serve as the owner advisor for construction services.
According to Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra, only one graduating class from Sandy Hook School, the Class of 1980, has sought her help finding a time capsule buried on the property.
Class member Wendy Mitchell says the time capsule for the Sandy Hook School graduating class of 1980 was buried either when the class was in fourth or fifth grade. The whereabouts of the capsule are unknown, but Ms Mitchell and class members believe it was buried near the school’s sports field or its courtyard.
With two unanimous votes, the Board of Education hired an interim assistant principal for Newtown High School and an acting assistant principal for Sandy Hook Elementary School during its meeting on Tuesday, August 20.
The Board of Selectmen learned August 19 that a large metal gate will replace the masonry barriers on Dickinson Drive that prevent vehicles from entering the former Sandy Hook School grounds.
Prior to the meeting, First Selectman Pat Llodra told The Bee that the gate will be more of a visual deterrent to the occasional visitor or group that arrives hoping to see or access the now infamous site. At the same time she said it will also improve the image of the area.
During a brief special meeting August 5, the Board of Finance unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the town to appropriate $49,250,000 for the planning, design and construction of a new Sandy Hook School. The finance board also voted to add that construction project – which will be underwritten by state grants – to the Town Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).
Prior to the vote, finance Board Chairman John Kortze called on First Selectman Pat Llodra to explain the plans and timeline for moving forward on the new school project.