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Newtown Students to Attend Classes at Chalk Hill in Monroe

Supt. of Schools James Agostine informed parents and staff that Sandy Hook Elementary School will move into Chalk Hill this week.

 

After prolonged debate over how to use Chalk Hill, Monroe has found a use for the former school building. On Sunday, Monroe Supt. of Schools James Agostine informed teachers and parents that Sandy Hook Elementary School will hold classes there, beginning this week.

Since the tragic shooting on Friday, Newtown school officials have been working with the Monroe Board of Education, Monroe Public Schools and surrounding towns to try to find a place to teach their students.

In his email sent to parents this morning, Agostine wrote, "We have been working with our First Selectman Steve Vavrek and representation from Newtown. Newtown will be using Chalk Hill School beginning this week. It is important that the Sandy Hook students get back to school quickly in an environment that is familiar and safe.

"We recognize that everyone would like to lend a helping hand, but we have been asked to hold back until the Newtown staff is settled in and they can direct our efforts."

Monroe Board of Education Chairman Darrell Trump was reached for comment Sunday, but declined to say anything until Monroe and Newtown's school districts flesh out more of the details and hold a joint press conference, which he said should be very soon.

Following Monroe's candlelight and prayer vigil Saturday night, First Selectman Steve Vavrek said talks were going on between the two towns, but that it was too early to say anything else.

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