NEWTOWN, CT - DECEMBER 14: Responders gather at the scene of a mass school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. There are 27 dead, 20 of them children, after Adam Lanza reportedly opened fire in one of the largest school massacres in U.S. history. Lanza is dead at the scene and his mother, a teacher at the school, is also dead. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Officials in Newtown, Conn., officials say the district should tear down the elementary school where 20 first-graders and six educators were shot to death in December and construct a new building on the property.
A task force of 28 town elected officials unanimously recommended the plan Friday night after residents expressed mixed opinions on what should be done with Sandy Hook Elementary School. The proposal now goes to the local school board, which has final authority.
The panel had narrowed a list of choices to renovating or rebuilding on the school site or building a new school on property down the street. Each would cost between about $48 million and $60 million.
The 430 surviving students are attending a renovated school renamed Sandy Hook Elementary School in the neighboring town of Monroe.