Newtown votes to demolish Sandy Hook School
Newtown, Conn., residents have voted to move ahead with the plan to demolish of Sandy Hook Elementary School and build a new one at the site of one of the worst school massacres in U.S. history.
According to the Newtown Registrar’s Office, more than 88 percent of 5,062 residents that cast ballots in Saturday’s referendum voted in favor to accept a $50 million grant from the state for the rebuilding plan.
Demolition is slated to begin later this month. The new facility is expected to open in January 2016 at the same address on Dickinson Drive where 26 people, including 20 children, were killed on Dec. 14, 2012, when a 20-year-old gunman opened fire inside the school.