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State funds will help expedite replacement of Sandy Hook Elementary

Six months after 20 children and six adults were shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy has proposed allocating $750,000 toward the design of a replacement school building.

A news release from the governor says the State Bond Commission is expected to approve the funding at a meeting next week.

"It's hard to imagine that six months have passed since that terrible day,” Malloy says. “In that time, we have mourned deeply for those we lost and done our best to move forward in a way that honors their memory. There are many decisions to be made when it comes to the construction of a new school. There will be many challenges along the way. But it’s my hope that by announcing this funding today, we can help Newtown continue with the healing process. Our thoughts are with those 26 angels today and their families. Their memories will forever be close to our hearts.”

Malloy says the funding is being made available now to help the project, which is still in its early stages, begin moving forward as quickly as possible.

Earlier this month, the Connecticut General Assembly approved legislation authorizing a separate allocation of up to $50 million in bonding to pay for construction of hte school. That funding will be considered by the State Bond Commission in the coming months as the project progresses and its needs are assessed.

MORE...from Newtown Patch: Family members of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School led a crowd of hundreds in Newtown in a moment of silence to commemorate the 6-month anniversary of the shooting tragedy.

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