MONROE, CT (WFSB) -
While the future for Sandy Hook Elementary School is still up in the air, volunteers are working around the clock in neighboring Monroe, CT. They are transforming an old middle school into a place where Sandy Hook students can once again learn.
The Chalk Hill Middle School in Monroe closed down 18 months ago when the student population in Monroe dropped and schools were consolidated.
Monroe Police Lt. Brian McCauley said it just made sense to move Sandy Hook students to the empty school building in the wake of this tragedy. Gov. Dannel Malloy signed an executive order that allows both school districts to cut through the red tape and get the school up and running.
The school is a little run down. That's why volunteers were needed to get the school back in shape.
McCauley said they have every kind of contractor at the school making sure it is safe. They are inspecting the fire suppression system, the sprinkler system, plumbing and especially the locks.
New keys are being carved to make sure no intruders can get in. School officials said police will be inside the school and all IDs will be checked.
The school is eight miles away from Sandy Hook and the goal is to have it ready by Christmas. However, there's been no official date set on when school will start again for Sandy Hook Elementary School students.
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