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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.

“There will be no further public access to the site as of today,” Mrs Llodra said. “It is now the responsibility of the construction firm to secure and control.”

A sturdy composite metal gate has been erected where previously only Jersey barriers and a 24-hour security guard or police officer had been stationed to keep onlookers and curiosity seekers from getting close to the building.

“There will be no further opportunity to see the building or enter the property,” Mrs Llodra said.

Keeping with a commitment to protect the site from anyone, including remediation and demolition crew members or other approved contractors, Mrs Llodra also released a copy of the nondisclosure document that will be signed by every single person accessing the site.

“This is the most rigorous nondisclosure document we have ever asked our attorneys to write,” Mrs Llodra said. “It binds every crew member and everyone entering the site. And it binds all the contractors to be responsible for any [subcontractors] accessing the site.”

During a recent Public Building and Site Commission meeting, Chairman Robert Mitchell said the legally binding, zero-tolerance agreement will restrict all crew members from taking any photos or removing anything from the site under penalty of release from their contract.

“We don’t want to see anything showing up on eBay,” Mr Mitchell asserted. If deemed necessary, background checks might be required on the vendor’s workforce, and every person on site will be required to have specific identification cards to ensure complete security.

The site perimeter will be fully fenced and masked with screening, and a 24-hour guard will be stationed on site, according to a representative from Consigli. The goal is to have entire building razed by about December 6, although there may still be existing debris to process after that date.

The strict contractual guidelines will ensure that no byproducts of that process leave the site in any recognizable form. All of the masonry, glass, even the structural steel will be crushed and processed down to miniscule pieces before leaving the site.

The nondisclosure agreement includes the following points:

*The agreement is intended to allow the person signing it to engage in work at the site while protecting the town from unauthorized disclosure of confidential information and/or the removal of anything from the school without authorization.

*Confidential information means any oral, written, graphic or machine-readable information, technical data or know-how, including, but not limited to, photographs, plans, specifications, security protocols, agreements with third parties, services, software (including source and object code), hardware configuration, computer programs, algorithms, regulatory information, or any other information designated orally or in writing to be confidential or proprietary.

*Confidential information also includes any such information disclosed to the designee by any partner, subsidiary or affiliate of the town (including information relating to such partner, subsidiary or affiliate), whether or not such partner, subsidiary or affiliate has been made a party to this agreement. 

*The recipient agrees not to use any confidential information disclosed to it by the town for its own use or for any purpose other than to perform work.  The recipient shall not disclose or permit disclosure of any confidential information of the town to anyone other than directors, officers, partners, managers, employees, consultants and agents of their employer who are required to have the information in order to carry out the work. 

*The recipient agrees that it shall take all necessary measures to protect the secrecy of and avoid disclosure or use of confidential information in order to prevent it from falling into the public domain or the possession of persons other than those persons authorized under the agreement.

*The recipient agrees to notify the town of any misuse, misappropriation or unauthorized disclosure of confidential information which may come to their attention.

*The recipient agrees not to take, publish, disclose, distribute, post, or otherwise disseminate any photographs, drawings or other images of the school. Recipient further agrees not to take any item from the school, including without limitation any dirt, bricks, tiles, hardware, windows, glass, doorknobs, doors. Any exception must be in writing from the town in advance.

*Recipient agrees, except as otherwise expressly authorized by the town, not to make any copies or duplicates of any confidential information. Any proprietary materials or documents that have been furnished by the town to the recipient shall be promptly returned by recipient, accompanied by all copies of such documentation, within 10 days after either the business or employment relationship has concluded or upon written request of the town.

*The foregoing commitments of each party shall survive any termination of the business or employment relationship.

*Due to the unique nature of the town’s confidential information and the school, monetary damages would be inadequate to compensate the town for any breach by recipient of the covenants and agreements set forth in the nondisclosure agreement. Accordingly, the parties each agree and acknowledge that any such violation or threatened violation may cause irreparable injury to the town and, in addition to any other remedies that may be available, in law, in equity or otherwise, the town shall be entitled to obtain injunctive relief against the threatened breach of the agreement or the continuation of any such breach by the recipient.

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Did you read the article? It

Did you read the article? It says that kind of security is necessary FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF THE OLD SCHOOL, not where the children currently go. No children will be present.

Do you know about the endless Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theory people that target the families every single day? I think great amount of care and concern is going into protecting the families. Many conspiracy theorists have tried to gain access to the school, some even climbing over fences and walking through the woods. They would LOVE to get their hands on even the smallest physical piece of the school to continue on with their crazy ideas.

Demolition/Conspiracy

This kind of security is not necessary for the destruction of that school. The extent they are going to just to tear down this school is beyond ridiculous and excessive. Anyone can take a brick, glass, scrape of metal, piece of blackboard, an eraser and so on, put it on Ebay and claim it was from that school. It's not like they would have been handing out "Certificates of Authenticity". To not even let people watch from afar?! That is completely asinine!

As far as conspiracy theories, can you blame people for seriously doubting what happened that day? False reports as events are unfolding are bound to happen, it's chaos and every reporter has to be "the first" to break the story. But even to this day there are things that still make you scratch your head and go "What?". There are too many inconsistencies, just yesterday they reported that Lanza left the rifle leaning against the outside passenger door of the car. Hmm, funny...The news had live helicopter footage of them taking that rifle out of the trunk. The police did a thorough search of the school, yet a person or persons (staff) were hiding in a closet in the nurse's office for four hours. The police set up a command station in that room for several hours, so I ask you... #1. What is the PD's definition of thorough and #2. Just how soundproof is that closet that she/they couldn't tell there were police in that room? With all the live aerial coverage, why is there no footage of students being evacuated from that school? They were able to get 400+ people out of there in a timely, orderly fashion without any photographic evidence of it happening. Pretty impressive. Wait, there was ONE picture of approx. 18 kids in a line, sorry. Then you have this elaborate shroud of secrecy over the demolition and you wonder why people think they are trying to hide something. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying something didn't happened that day, but I have serious doubts that the authorities are telling the truth about what really happened and they are using the victim's ages as an excuse by pulling on the sensitivity strings.

Then new school requires 24/7 guard, too

Think about the justifications for placing incredibly expensive 24/7 guards and barriers around the construction site: what, someone's going to walk by and snatch a steel beam? A block of concrete? Fill their lungs with asbestos? It's ridiculous and makes little sense. If the basis for placing draconian security measures around construction site is "sightseers," then those same draconian measures will need to be in place around the new school. Permanently. Forever. And you're saying kids won't sense this? It'll be the world's first supermax elementary school. Honestly, people, we need to ramp down the overreactions, overspending, oversecuring, and overthinking. The best thing a child visiting the firehouse could see is a few nicely-paid workmen coming and going; the child could swing by the site with parents as the school goes up, enjoy the rebirth of this place. Now, it will just be a big gate, men with guns, and an invisible "big bad place behind the wall." It's not the right atmosphere. I don't buy the "deadly sightseer" explanation.

We are building glass castles

We are building glass castles for kindergartners, when what they need are smaller class sizes. $50 million, when the national median, even for affluent districts, is $20 million? We are perhaps assuaging our own grief, but if we're honest, are we really serving the children? Little ones need modest schools with fewer children to a room. Schools which are less likely to be targets in the first place. Schools where 20 six year olds are not confined in one room. Schools where children have a LOT more one-one-one time with teacher, and a quieter, more-manageable environment overall. And definitely not a school whose stunning grandeur, and location, keeps it a focus of national attention, even as children in other cities are gunned down with no one ever hearing their names. If we insist on this school, and on this site, we must at least stop treating it like Guantanamo, and get back to normal life. If we really feel that this site is so very sensitive that it requires 24/7 armed patrol against "dangerous sightseers," then I think there can be no clearer message that keeping the site was the wrong move. What you're saying is that you have knowingly chosen a school site for little ones that is so dangerous, it must be protected at all times. That is simply senseless. It's not too late to rethink the project. Again, sorry to be so loud about this. But it just seems like adults getting carried away with good intentions, instead of focusing on the kids' real needs.

This is ridiculous

I wouldn't usually be so rude, but this is absolutely ridiculous. I know it's hard for people in town to get perspective from the inside of a situation, but I find this security overreaction baffling, paranoid, and as an American, embarrassing. For Heaven's sake, it's a school, not CIA headquarters. By treating this site with incessant paranoia and hype, adults are ensuring no child will ever feel normal in that area of town again. I'm afraid this is proof that keeping that site was a bad idea. Had the school been relocated, NONE of the above bizarreness would have been necessary. It is unjustified. I wouldn't advise anyone to work at that site - it's clearly not worth it. I'm sorry again, but this is just over the top. Please, adults, stop this nonsense, take down barriers, plant some flowers, and start helping children think of the good things again. Though I know people mean well, it is sad, and awful, that that school will be patrolled 24/7 by men with guns. It's time for guns to go away from our schools. Let's get back to some common sense thinking.

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