Topping off ceremony set for new Sandy Hook school

This December 2012 photo released by the Connecticut State Police on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, shows a scene at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. (AP Photo/Connecticut State Police)

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Officials in Newtown are marking progress in the construction of a school to replace the one where a gunman killed 20 children and six educators.

A topping off ceremony was planned Tuesday to mark the placement of the final steel construction beam at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Construction of the new school began in March and is being paid for with a $50 million state grant. The old school was demolished after the December 2012 massacre.

The new school, on the same site, is expected to open at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year.

The Newtown Bee reports the town’s Board of Education last week rejected a recommendation to close another elementary school in the face of declining enrollment.

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