NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP/KOIN) — Newtown voters have accepted a $50 million grant from the state of Connecticut to build a new Sandy Hook Elementary School, the site of last year’s school massacre.
The unofficial results Saturday were 4,504 for the grant offer and 558 against.
The vote was essentially a formality since a task force of Newtown officials decided in May in favor of a plan to tear down the school and build a new one. Sandy Hook students have been attending classes at a school in neighboring Monroe.
State lawmakers had set aside the money to help the town build a new school to replace the one where a gunman killed 26 people last December. Connecticut officials said the state was willing to allocate all of the $50 million to the new school.
The town is coming up on the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting that killed 20 children and six adults. Plans for a new school are still in progress and they hope to have a new school in place by January 2016.
— The Associated Press originated this report. Details in the final paragraph were added by KOIN.com staff.