NEWTOWN, Conn. (WTNH)-- Residents in Newtown will be voting Saturday on whether or not to accept a huge gift from the state. It's an up to $50 million gift to tear down and build a new Sandy Hook School.
It has been nearly ten months since the tragedy at Sandy Hook.
In those months, renovation of the 57-year-old school has been determined to be impractical among other problems. Its walls contain asbestos, but the memories of what happened behind those walls would likely be too over powering for many members of the staff.
Last week,at the direction of the Governor, the first installment of a gift of up to $50 million from the state was approved to tear it down and build a new one.
The picturesque center of the village of Sandy Hook is less than a mile from the school.
Tomorrow, the voters in this little hamlet and the rest of Newtown must vote to approve receiving the gift.
"The town's been though a lot and I think we do need a new school system over there...or a new school anyway," said Paul Carpenter, Newtown.
"I am voting yes for the school to be built where it is now. Because it's a nice natural neighborhood where kids should grow up and remember where they were in elementary school," said Shirley Howe, Newtown.
"The kids can't keep going to Monroe schools so they'll have to eventually bring them back to town, it would be easier on bussing, what not, to keep them in Sandy Hook," said Bonnie Fredericks,Sandy Hook business owner.
If the referendum is approved asbestos removal would begin on Tuesday.
Demolition by the end of the month that will include grinding up everything, including the bricks,so that nothing recognizable will be left.
Then build a new school on the site but away from where the shootings occurred so that a suitable memorial can be built later on that spot.
Now, you might be asking yourself; why does the town have to vote on whether or not to receive a gift?
It's required by the town charter.
To read the Q & A regarding the Newtown referendum, click here.
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