Newtown residents and officials this weekend will begin debating what to do with Sandy Hook Elementary School, the site of the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, in which 20 first graders and six school staff members died.
Town officials plan to host two "community conversations," the first on Sunday afternoon and another on January 18, to seek "ideas for the future of the Sandy Hook school facility," Newtown First Selectman Patricia Llodra said in a statement on Wednesday. They also expect to update residents on the role the state and federal governments will play in the process.
The school remains closed to everyone but police investigating the December 14 attack. Its students -- more than 400 children in kindergarten through fourth grade -- have been relocated to a school in the neighboring town of Monroe.