Sandy Hook school opening to public, 4 years after massacre

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NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) _ The public will get its first glimpse of the Connecticut school built to replace the one where 20 first-graders and six educators were massacred.

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, and is scheduled to open next month.

A media tour will precede a public open house on Friday.

Superintendent Joseph Erardi says the district hopes that allowing everyone a look at the school this week will give students a “quiet, respectful, and appropriate opening as teachers and students return to the new school year” on Aug. 29.