(NEWTOWN, Conn.) — A committee voted on Friday night to raze Sandy Hook Elementary School, the site of the horrifying school shooting on December 14, and build a new school in its place.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the unanimous vote brought some of the committee members to tears. The vote, only a recommendation, will now go to the Board of Education for approval. There will eventually be a town referendum on the proposal as well.
Building the new school is expected to cost between $42 million and $47 million, according to the Wall Street Journal, which the state of Connecticut and the federal government are expected to pay.
The school would not open until at least January 2016.
Sandy Hook Elementary students have been attending Chalk Hill Middle School in Monroe, Conn., since January.
The committee gathered Friday night to decide whether to rebuild at the same location as the old Sandy Hook Elementary School or to build a new school at a location less than a mile away, says the Wall Street Journal.
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