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State Looks To Claim Surplus Funds In Sandy Hook School Project

Construction work continues on the exterior of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. It is slated to open for students this fall. Photo Credit:
An artist's rendering shows how the new Sandy Hook School in Newtown will look when it is completed later this year. This is perspective from the school's courtyard. It will have three classroom wings, two of which are two stories tall. Photo Credit:

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s move to repurpose surplus funds from the Sandy Hook Elementary School project is worrying some Republican lawmakers, according to the Connecticut Post.

The state, which is struggling to close a massive budget gap, wants to repurpose $2.3 million of the project’s $50 million bond, the Post reported.

The original school was razed after the shooting deaths of 20 first-graders and six educators in December 2012. The new school building is being paid for by state bonds.

Costs for the nearly complete project have been running under budget, but lawmakers including Sen. Tony Hwang, (R-Fairfield and Newtown) want the state to wait to take the surplus funds until construction is done, the Post reported.

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