The public gets its first glimpse today of the Newtown, Ct., school built to replace the one where 20 first-graders and six educators were massacred. They will see a building designed to be attractive, environmentally friendly, conducive to learning, and above all, safe, the Associated Press reports. The old Sandy Hook Elementary School was torn down after the gunman’s rampage in December 2012. The new $50 million, 86,000-square-foot school was built on the same property but not in the old footprint. It is scheduled to open next month.
Local officials hope that allowing everyone a look at the school now will give students a “quiet, respectful, and appropriate opening as teachers and students return to the new school year” on Aug. 29, Superintendent Joseph Erardi said. The new school, funded by a state grant, has safety features such as impact-resistant windows and state-of-the-art video monitoring. Its ground floor is elevated, making it harder to see in classrooms from the outside. It has been landscaped to ensure anyone approaching the school is visible to those inside and can enter via one of three pedestrian bridges that cross the landscaping.