- Tuesday, June 11, 2013
This story was updated since its original posting to include a Senate amendment being offered by Sen Chris Murphy.
WASHINGTON, DC – On June 11, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014, HR 1960. The amendment would provide incentives to defense contractors to make donations to the rebuilding of a new Sandy Hook Elementary School.
- Wednesday, June 5, 2013
This story was updated since its first posting to reflect that Newtown has received confirmation of this state bonding initiative.
First Selectman Pat Llodra learned June 5 that state lawmakers were poised to deliver a $50 million bonding initiative to assist Newtown in its efforts to rebuild Sandy Hook School, which has been vacant since 12/14. And her office confirmed Thursday morning that the state had committed to that bonding initiative.
- Monday, June 3, 2013
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.
- Friday, May 24, 2013
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.
- Thursday, May 23, 2013
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.
- Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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.
- Thursday, May 16, 2013
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.
- Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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.”
- Thursday, May 9, 2013
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.
- Tuesday, May 7, 2013
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.