NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Neighbors of the Sandy Hook Elementary school expressed some relief Friday as workers tore down parts of the school where 26 children and educators were killed last December.

Demolition is expected to take several weeks.

Bill Clark, who lives across street from school, says he believes it's going to take a long time for the community to heal.

He said "they're going to put up another beautiful school and we're going to move on."

A task force of Newtown officials voted unanimously in May to raze the school and build a new one on the property where the existing school is located.

Newtown has accepted a $50 million state grant for the project, and a new school is expected to open by December 2016.

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