Newtown panel: Tear down Sandy Hook, rebuild

Posted at 8:51 PM, May 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-10 22:51:32-04

NEWTON, Conn. – A group of community leaders in Newtown recommend tearing down Sandy Hooke Elementary School, where 20 first grade students and 6 educators were killed last December.

The group of 28 town elected officials made the recommendation on Friday. They voted unanimously in favor of tearing down the current elementary school and constructing a new building in the same location.

A study says rebuilding the school on the same location will cost $57 million.

The panel also considered renovating or rebuilding on the school site or building a new school on property down the street. Those proposals would cost between $48 million and $60 million.

The proposal now goes to the local school board who makes the final decision.

The school hasn’t housed students since Adam Lanza entered the building and opened fire on Dec. 14, killing 20 first grade students and 6 educators. He killed himself as police arrived at school.