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  •  I would recommend a thorough (1+ / 0-)
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    read of the local paper... the Newtown Bee.

    With united voices, the 26 members of the Sandy Hook School Task Force voted on May 10 to recommend to the Board of Education that a new school be built at 12 Riverside Road, where the current Sandy Hook Elementary School now stands.

    Newtown First Selectman Patricia Llodra noted that the two Task Force members absent at the vote, Richard Oparowski and Will Rodgers, had requested that she share their support for that site, making the vote unanimous.

    Calling it "extraordinary" that the group could come together with the level of committment shown over the course of the five Friday night meetings, Mrs Llodra  told fellow Task Force members, "We've done it. You've conducted yourselves honorably."

    The money DOES matter, but many other things do as well, including a desire to keep the school in the district and not move it too far away. There's also a desire to not ask the teachers to walk back into the same school. There's also a feeling that while it is hallowed ground, to simply move the school is to risk forgetting. But literally dozens of other sites were looked at and considered. None were especially suitable.

    How do you balance all of that? Newtown did its best.

    Adding that she hoped all were proud of the work done, she noted, "We did the best we could do."

    Her words were met with a standing ovation from residents who had filled the Chamber Councils of Newtown Municipal Center Friday night for the meeting that lasted just over 2-1/2 hours.

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Sun May 12, 2013 at 04:29:16 PM PDT

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