Town Council will vote Monday night on allowing Newtown to use Chalk Hill as a temporary school

The following was written by Brad Durrell of the Monroe Courier, a sister paper of the Post.

The Monroe Town Council will have an emergency meeting Monday night to vote on allowing the Newtown Board of Education to use the former Chalk Hill School in Monroe to house Sandy Hook Elementary School students beginning as soon as this week.

The Town Council meeting will take place Monday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall council chambers.

“It’s a blessing that we have this school to offer to them,” said Enid Lipeles, Town Council chairman. “They can have it as long as they like.”

Sandy Hook Elementary is where the school shooting took place Friday, leading to the death of 20 young students and six staff members. The shooter also died by committing suicide and had killed his mother at their Newtown home before going to the school, for a total of 28 deaths.

Because it is an emergency meeting, the Town Council meeting can be scheduled at the last minute.

The Monroe Board of Education stopped using Chalk Hill as a school in June 2011 and the building was subsequently turned over to the control of the town. It has since housed a few town departments, particularly the Parks and Recreation Department.

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