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Vote Today On New Sandy Hook School

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(DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) _ Newtown is holding a referendum Saturday on whether to formally accept grant money from the state of Connecticut to build a new Sandy Hook Elementary School.

State lawmakers have set aside $50 million to help the town build a new school to replace the one where a gunman killed 26 people last December.

A task force of Newtown officials voted in May in favor of a plan to tear down the Sandy Hook school and build a new one.

Sandy Hook students have been attending classes at a school building in the neighboring town of Monroe.

The state’s budget director, Ben Barnes, wrote to town officials last month that the state is willing to allocate all of the $50 million authorized by lawmakers to support construction of the new school.

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