Newtown residents vote to demolish Sandy Hook school

NEWTOWN, Conn. (WHDH) — It's been 10 months since the Sandy Hook tragedy and residents in Newtown are getting ready to rebuild.

A referendum was passed Sunday to demolish the old Sandy Hook Elementary School and build a new one in its place.

Twenty-six people, including 20 students, were killed last December in a mass shooting at the school.

Saying yes to the state's grant of $50 million won't erase that memory but many believe it'll help them heal and move forward.

"I believe the town needs it to heal and to go forward and it always has to be there so we keep this event in our minds and go forward from here and keeping these children and administrators in our hearts always," Yvonne Grimes said.

Officials say the next step is to begin meeting with the architects of the new school. They hope to have the new school built by late 2015 or early 2016.