Town Heals and Remembers

Sandy Hook School Decision on Hold

By Jeff Saperstone
|  Saturday, May 4, 2013  |  Updated 8:17 AM EDT
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The task force responsible for recommending the future location of Sandy Hook Elementary School has narrowed it down to two options. One of the options has some families of victims upset.

George Colli and Thomas Kienzler

The task force responsible for recommending the future location of Sandy Hook Elementary School has narrowed it down to two options. One of the options has some families of victims upset.

The Sandy Hook Elementary Building Task Force will not have a decision on the location of the new elementary school Friday night.

Sandy Hook Elementary School could end up in one of two locations. It will either be built on a lot on Riverside Road, not far from the existing school, or it will be rebuilt on the original site on Dickenson Drive.

The 28-member task force met Friday night to decide where to reopen the school.
 
The process has taken months. Numerous locations were considered by the special committee using the public's input. Will Rodgers, a committee member, told NBC Connecticut Friday afternoon that the panel will likely pick a site when it meets.
 
"I think it's probably going to be the existing site," Rodgers said.
 
He said he knows that won't make everyone happy.
 
"I will chain my body to it and to protest if they try to re-open it," Erica Lafferty told NBC Connecticut in an exclusive interview.
 
Lafferty's mother, Dawn Hochsprung, was the principal at Sandy Hook who lost her life running towards the shooter after he broke through the school's front door.
 
"It should be knocked down," Lafferty said. "There should be some type of long lasting memorial. I don't want people to walk into the building and say, oh well that's where Erica's mom got gunned down. That's not okay."
 
But for some, keeping Sandy Hook Elementary in the Sandy Hook section of town is important, even if that means using the same piece of property where 20 students and 6 educators were killed.
 
"Just tearing it down and building a new school in the same place is one of the solutions that would make the most sense," one Newtown parent said.
 
"It's going to be a wrenching process," Rodgers said. "There just aren't that many options for us. Starting with all these sites available in terms of acreage."
 
Sandy Hook students have been attending school at a temporary facility in neighboring Monroe. The First Selectman said their stay at Chalk Hill School can be extended until 2016.
 
The task force will hold another meeting on May 10th at 7 p.m.
 

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