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Sandy Hook elementary will be demolished
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- 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 building is expected to be demolished as soon as Tuesday. Town officials hope replacing the school will help the town move forward after the tragedy. Officials are hoping to have the new school re-open in January 2016.