Following a pair of meetings April 15 and 16, First Selectman Pat Llodra said she has secured a commitment from state officials that they will waive certain procedural requirements to help fast-track any reconstruction or new construction the town proposes related to Sandy Hook School.
The school facility has been vacant since the mass shooting tragedy of 12/14. Following the holiday break, classes for SHS students resumed at the former Chalk Hill School in Monroe.
“Dumbfounded” was the word that spilled from Sandy Hook resident Aimee Tabor’s lips, following a 2½-hour presentation to the members of the Sandy Hook School Task Force responsible for presenting a recommendation to the Board of Education as to the future of Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Ms Tabor was the first of several residents present to come to the microphone, at the Friday evening, April 12 meeting, the second in a series of four scheduled Task Force meetings.
In a 2½-hour meeting that took place in Council Chambers at the Newtown Municipal Center, Friday evening, April 5, facilitator Richard Harwood of the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation led a group of 27 people representing the Board of Education, Legislative Council, Board of Finance, and the Board of Selectmen — collectively, The Sandy Hook School Building Task Force — through the beginning of what will be a four to five week process to reach consensus for the Board of Education, as to the future of the Sandy Hook Elementary School buildin
Two days after Superintendent of School Janet Robinson dispatched an e-mail to Newtown’s Board of Education stating the Stratford school board was poised to offer her that district’s top seat, she was offered the position. According to a report from a regional cable news network, Dr Robinson accepted the position following a unanimous vote of the Stratford board.
Knowing that Sandy Hook School students and staff will be welcome and secure at Monroe’s Chalk Hill School facility until at least June of 2014, First Selectman Pat Llodra and a number of other officials at the local, state and federal level are beginning the long process of focusing on how, when and where students and staff will eventually return home to Newtown.