Newtown Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Sandy Hook School Project

Yes: 4,504
No: 558

In a landslide, voters approved a $50 million grant from the state of Connecticut at Newtown Middle School Saturday -- funds that will now go to pay for a new Sandy Hook Elementary School, to be built on the site of the old school at 12 Dickenson Drive.

Supporters cheered as the vote was announced at about 8:26 pm.

"It's relief and an exhilaration at the same time," said Selectman Jim Gaston. "It's a tremendous endorsement and expression of support for Sandy Hook from the whole town."

Advocates for the measure took to the street Saturday, stationing sign-bearers at the corner of Church Hill and Queen Street and in the center of Sandy Hook. Prior to the results, Legislative Council member Mary Ann Jacob credited a "Text 5" grassroots campaign with turning out voters.

"We asked people to text 5 friends to [remind them to vote]," she said. "Our challenge is always the same: get the yes votes out. And we like to see strong showings."

Board of Education member Laura Roche, who stood outside Newtown Middle School during the day holding signs with other advocates, said she was "speechless" with joy after the results were announced.

"This has been an emotional vote, obviously," she said. "This will help our town heal and move forward. But I wish we could have brought all of our kids back to Sandy Hook ... That's the most emotional part of all."

Now that the measure has been approved, officials say work can begin in earnest on the school. Prior to the vote, First Selectman Pat Llodra said the goal is to have the school open by September 2016, but construction firm Consigli Construction feels they might be able to get the school completed by January 2016.

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Clare October 11, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Newtown Effect - Thank God that is not how democracy works. We are all in this together. One day you will need tax money, and one day I will. When it's needed, by whomever, tax money must be available for the good of everybody.
Alex S October 11, 2013 at 11:45 PM
But Clare, we are not a democracy. Who needs tax money or social security when they are older but those who don't know how to plan ahead? That's the problem with you and your kind. You don't think ahead. You rely on others to bail you out. Weak. Anyhoos, your SS money will be spent by the time you "need it" because Obama and the rest of you Dems have burdened the whole of America with financial chains of slavery because you are too weak to help yourselves.
Thomas Crafts October 12, 2013 at 05:51 AM
Looking in the mirror and wondering how and when I am going to get out of this town and state. Selling the house is a problem because the taxes are so high, but only going higher. Best to be in the front of that line. Sky is the limit on spending as far as I can see. A mil rate of 50 in Newtown's very near future.
Clare October 12, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Well, Alex have you and I ever met? What makes you think I am not planning ahead? Don't make unfounded, general statements about somebody you know nothing about. I will, however discuss what this article is about and you can go to....wherever you go....to try to iniciate fights. Just repeating, taxes have been in OUR DEMOCRACY for over 200 years and in the world at large much longer. Way longer than your self-serving attack on Social Security. They are there for, oh let me think, a town who had 20 babies murdered in their school and the town decided to demolish it so their classmates need not return to that same building. If you don't like the fact that the town made that decision and tax money was received to get it done, move. I suggest a small island in the Pacific.


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