NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Newtown parents Steven Uhde and Peter Barresi didn't want the town to abandon the elementary school property where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed in December and build a new school elsewhere, saying that would be like letting the gunman win.
So they were glad Friday night when a task force of 28 local elected officials voted unanimously for a plan calling for tearing down Sandy Hook Elementary School and constructing a new building on the same property.
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The plan approved by the Sandy Hook School Building Task Force now goes to the local school board and ultimately will have to be approved by residents at a referendum.
If all goes well, officials said construction could begin in the spring of next year and the new building could open in January 2016.