Rich Harwood in The Hartford Courant about Sandy Hook Decision

Newtown Moderator: Goal Is To Decide Sandy Hook School's Fate Tonight
By Matthew Sturdevant May 10, 2013

A 28-member task force of town leaders has a goal of deciding tonight the future location of Sandy Hook Elementary School, the group's moderator said Thursday.

That might be the goal, but it's anyone's guess whether the task force will decide tonight.

The last time they met, many members of the task force were visibly shaken after a closed-door executive session at the start of the meeting when Sandy Hook teachers apparently offered harrowing testimonials. At that point, members of the task force questioned whether Sandy Hook staff — or anyone — could be expected to return to the site where 26 people were murdered. The task force moderator, Rich Harwood, founder and president of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation in Bethesda, Md., said it's not uncommon for community leaders to take pause when they near a decision charged with so much emotion.

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