A panel of 28 Newtown officials voted unanimously for a plan to tear down Sandy Hook Elementary school, the site of one of the worst school massacres in U.S. history, and rebuild a new school in its place.
Twenty first-graders and six educators were killed when a gunman opened fire at the school in December 2012. Three weeks later, students went back to school at the building that used to be the Chalk Hill Middle School in Monroe, about six miles away.
Each classroom was painstakingly recreated to match how it had been left at Sandy Hook, down to the placement of a Crayon on a desk.
The initial vote was a significant step for Newtown, however it will have to clear the local school board and pass a referendum.
If approved, officials said construction of a new school could begin as soon as spring of next year, with the new building opening in January 2016.