Stratford Mayor Wants to Rename School to Honor Victoria Soto

Town Council could approve the proposal at its Jan. 14 meeting.

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The Mayor of Stratford wants to rename a school in town for teacher Vicki Soto, who lost her life while protecting her students inside Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Soto, 27, grew up in Stratford and still lived there at the time of her death.

Mayor John Harkins proposed Monday to rename the Honeyspot Elementary School in memory of Soto.

"In the days since the tragedy in Sandy Hook, the stories of bravery and heroism by Stratford's own Victoria Soto have been both heart-wrenching and abundant," Harkins said in a statement. "She gave her life protecting children, and we must make sure her sacrifice is never forgotten. Over the last couple of weeks, I have met with Victoria's family and discussed how the town can recognize her in a meaningful and appropriate way. Her family has shown amazing strength and resilience in remembering and honoring Victoria's life."

A new school building has already been approved for the site of the Honeyspot Elementary School and construction is scheduled to begin over the summer. Once the building is completed, it will be renamed to honor Soto, according to Harkins.

The Town Council must approve the proposal. The measure is expected to be taken up at the Town Council's Jan 14 meeting.

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