NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Newtown officials are meeting to debate what to do with the Sandy Hook Elementary School building where 20 first-graders and six educators were gunned down in a December massacre.
The Sandy Hook School Building Task Force, which meets Friday night, has narrowed the options down to two: renovating or rebuilding on the existing school site or constructing a new school on nearby property.
Whatever choice is made, a new or renovated school won’t be ready by the start of the next school year.
The task force, which includes 28 local elected officials, may vote on a recommendation to the local school board or postpone a decision to another meeting on May 10.
Sandy Hook Elementary School hasn’t housed students since the Dec. 14 killings when gunman Adam Lanza, 20, opened fire at the school. He earlier had fatally shot his mother, Nancy Lanza, at their Newtown home and he killed himself as police arrived at the school.
The 430 surviving students have been attending a renovated school in the neighboring town of Monroe that has been renamed Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Town residents have expressed mixed opinions on what should happen to the school building.
“It’s up to the parents who are directly involved in that school,” one resident told WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane.
“I wouldn’t want to have to send my kids back to that school,” said Susan Gibney. “I just don’t see how the kids could get over what happened there.”