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First Steps for New School in Newtown, CT

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials say the state is prepared to approve the first round of funding for construction of a new Sandy Hook Elementary School building.

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

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Tuesday the State Bond Commission is ready to approve $3.7 million to go toward the building's construction at its meeting on Friday. The commission this summer approved $750,000 for design of the building.

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 in neighboring Monroe.

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