The State Bond Commission on Friday unanimously approved $750,000 to design a new elementary school in Sandy Hook to replace the building where 20 children and six educators were killed in a mass shooting in December.
The money is the first installment in the state's commitment to cover the bulk of the cost of building a new school, expected to total $50 million.
"We included money for the design phase for a new school in Newtown," Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told reporters after the bond commission vote. "The community made a decision that they want to move forward with a replacement school. I support that decision and we're going to work with the community and move it along."
The legislature approved spending up to $50 million on the facility. "We will ... pay for the replacement value of the school,'' Malloy said, referring to the state. "If there's expansions for additional capacity, those discussions will have to continue."
Sandy Hook Elementary School students are attending classes at a building in neighboring Monroe.
Newtown's representatives in Washington — U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty — are also pushing for a bill to allow the federal government to pick up the tab for the school. But that has not been done before, and the lawmakers conceded it would be difficult to win support for their proposal.Copyright © 2015, CT Now