Gov. Dannel Malloy announced Friday, six months to the day after the mass shooting inside Sandy Hook Elementary School, that funding has been approved to be used toward the design of a new building.
"It's hard to imagine that six months have passed since that terrible day," Malloy said in a statement. "In that time, we have mourned deeply for those we lost and done our best to move forward in a way that honors their memory. There are many decisions to be made when it comes to the construction of a new school. There will be many challenges along the way. But it's my hope that by announcing this funding today, we can help Newtown continue with the healing process. Our thoughts are with those 26 angels today and their families. Their memories will forever be close to our hearts."
Malloy said that the funding is being made available now to help the project, still in its early stages, to begin moving forward as fast as possible.
"On the sixth month anniversary, my thoughts and prayers continue to be with the victims and their families," State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, whose district includes Newtown, said in a statement. "I am pleased that the State of Connecticut is contributing to the effort to help Newtown heal and rebuild."
The official funding announcement will be made in Hartford at the State Bond Commission meeting next Friday.
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