In what is very likely to be my final entry in this series (I really can’t imagine, after nearly seven years, that there is much more out there for me to discover), I will be sharing various documents that I’ve found and collected over the years showing Sandy Hook Elementary School to be in continuous operation between 2008 and 2012. While some have already appeared on the site, the majority have not as they’ve just never really fit in anywhere. I have chosen not to share the nearly one hundred issues of the Sandy Hook Connection newsletter in my possession as they are rife with personal information such as the names and e-mail addresses of teachers and volunteers. Large files that may cause performance issues with your browser will be linked for download rather than embedded and sources will be provided when possible.
Strategic school profile, 2007-2008:strategic_school_profile_2007-2008
For a detailed description of the information available within Connecticut’s Strategic School Profiles, click here.
Sandy Hook PTA short form return of organization exempt from income tax form, 2008 (Download PDF, sixteen pages)
Strategic school profile, 2008-2009:strategic_school_profile_2008-2009
Sandy Hook PTA short form return of organization exempt from income tax form, 2009 (Download PDF, sixteen pages)
Strategic school profile, 2009-2010:strategic_school_profile_2009-2010
“No Child Left Behind” report card, 2009-2010:nclb_report_card_2009-2010
These NCLB report cards provide information on a school’s “Achievement, Accountability, Other Indicators and Highly Qualified Teachers”. You can read more about the No Child Left Behind Act here.
Sandy Hook PTA short form return of organization exempt from income tax form, 2010 (Download PDF, fifteen pages)
4th grade concert and music information, September 14th, 2010:fourth_grade_concert_music_information_2010
Letter to all parents, September 14th, 2010:letter_to_all_parents_2010
Fundraising gala invitation, 2010:fundraising_invitation_2010
Strategic school profile, 2010-2011:strategic_school_profile_2010-2011
“No Child Left Behind” report card, 2010-2011:nclb_report_card_2010-2011
Newtown Board of Education approved budget, 2010-2011 (Download PDF, 106 pages)
At over one hundred pages, there’s obviously a lot to sort through, but you can skip to page twenty-four (page thirty-one in your PDF reader) for a three page breakdown of Sandy Hook’s $3,146,300 budget for the 2010-2011 school year:
Compare that to Hawley (page twenty-one, or twenty-eight in your PDF reader), a school which no one has ever suggested was closed at any point in time yet was budgeted nearly one million dollars less.
The Sandy Hook budget also includes total school student population (594) as well as total teaching staff (36.70) for the year. Skip to page ninety-six (ninety-nine in your PDF reader) to get a look at the school’s approved building and site improvements, which includes adding HVAC to the computer room, carpet replacement, gym line repainting, irrigation, and more:
That’s a lot of money, staff, and work for a school alleged (though by no one with any sort of credibility whatsoever) to have been closed to two years by this point.
School handbook, 2010-2011 (Download PDF, thirty-four pages)
Sandy Hook PTA short form return of organization exempt from income tax form, 2011 (Download PDF, thirteen pages)
Fourth grade teacher job posting, June 13th, 2011:sandy_hook_job_posting_2011-02
School facilities survey, August, 2011:sandy_hook_school_facilities_survey_2011
Educational assistant job posting, October 7th, 2011:sandy_hook_job_posting_2011
Strategic school profile, 2011-2012:strategic_school_profile_2011-2012
Newtown Board of Education approved budget, 2011-2012 (Download PDF, seventy-four pages)
Detailed on page eight (page sixteen in your PDF reader), Sandy Hook’s budget for the 2011-2012 school year is roughly $107k less than the previous year, likely due to declining enrollment and the loss of two teachers. And while plenty of money was budgeted for routine maintenance at the school (including emergency generators, HVAC, playground safety inspections, and more), there are no building and site maintenance projects listed for Sandy Hook for the year (page thirty-nine, or page forty-seven in your PDF reader). Seeing as how there are also no projects listed for Middle Gate or Head O’ Meadow, that’s not all that strange.
Sandy Hook sock hop invitation, 2012:sock_hop_2012
Sandy Hook spirit week, 2012:spirit_week_2012
Superintendent’s newsletter, February, 2012:superintendents_newsletter_02-2012
Page four includes an article on Sandy Hook’s Kindle program, originally published on “The Digital Shift” in December of 2011. For more on the school’s Kindle program, click here and here. Page five includes the dates of Sandy Hook’s kindergarten registration for the 2012-2013 school year.
Board of education ad hoc facilities subcommittee, March 6th, 2012 (Download PDF, twenty-seven pages)
The above document is described as “a summary overview of recommendation to the board of education by the ad hoc facilities subcommittee”. That’s certainly a mouthful, but it’s their words, not mine. This ad hoc facilities subcommittee, formed in November of 2010 and made up of “people from across the town’s government”, was established by Newtown’s board of education to “examine the enrollment projections, develop options, analyze their potential impact, and make recommendations for future action”. This committee worked to consider changes that “may provide cost savings while maintaining or improving education quality”. While not members of the committee, the principals from Newtown’s elementary and middle schools were invited to join in on the discussion, and that included Sandy Hook principal and shooting victim Dawn Hochsprung:
While the description of the document makes it sound like an absolute bore, full of the kind of bureaucratic gobbledygook that would instantly put most people to sleep (and it mostly is), there are pieces of information scattered throughout useful in further debunking some ancient denier myths. First and foremost, along with Mrs. Hochsprung, the school’s inclusion in this discussion alone should be sufficient proof that it was open at the time this document was written, which was in March of 2012. Additionally, as seen on page nine, one of the school consolidation configurations considered by the committee (but not followed through with) was to close Sandy Hook:
I can’t believe I need to even say this, but obviously you cannot consider closing a school that has (as always, allegedly) already been closed for four years.
And while it may not be as obvious, another oft-repeated denier claim is dealt a serious blow on page twelve:
At least in March of 2012, Hawley and Newtown Middle School – both open, operating schools – were not ADA compliant. This is significant because both James Fetzer and Wolfgang Halbig (as well as nearly all of their flunkies) have repeatedly claimed that Sandy Hook not ADA compliant at the time of the shooting (and that is wholly possible, though it is not mentioned in the subcommittee’s summary, possibly because the school did not fit any of the likely configuration scenarios and therefore its ADA compliant status was irrelevant), and as such it could not have possibly been in operation. This is of course bogus; there are plenty of older public schools and other buildings that are still open in spite of not being ADA compliant. Just as an example, back in 2015, 83% of public elementary schools in New York City were not fully accessible to people with disabilities. Like Hawley, if Sandy Hook were not ADA compliant, it would only have to be if “reopened or for use as a public building”. This is why Sandy Hook’s ADA status became a factor in the debate surrounding whether to repair the school or demolish it and build a new one; a reopening would have meant bringing it up to code.
Educational assistant job posting, March 6th, 2012:sandy_hook_job_posting_2012
ABA tutor job posting, March 19th, 2012:sandy_hook_job_posting_2012-02
Seems awfully strange to hire educational assistants and tutors for a non-existent elementary school, doesn’t it? It’s almost like the school was actually open the whole time.
One School, One Read family homework guide, March, 2012:shs_one_school_hw_2012
Newtown Bee’s back to school supplement, August 17th, 2012 (Download PDF, fifty-six pages)
In addition to the Sandy Hook bus routes on pages 45-48, the school is pictured and its address and website given on page eleven. Sandy Hook’s hours are also listed on page sixteen.
Science Center field trip, September, 2012:science_center_field_trip_2012
Strategic school profile, 2012-2013:strategic_school_profile_2012-2013
Newtown Board of Education approved budget, 2012-2013 (Download PDF, forty-three pages)
Sandy Hook’s budget summary begins on page eight (nine in your PDF reader), this time showing a loss of around $4,500 for the year. And while enrollment continues to decline across all four of Newtown’s elementary schools, only Head O’ Meadow manages to avoid having its budget slashed. That said, at nearly $3M, Sandy Hook is still the most well-funded of the bunch:
Newtown before and after school programs, 2012-2013:ed_conn_2012-2013
Project Eagle service pledge, 2012-2013:project_eagle_service_pledge_2012-2013
Part One: The Lobby
Part Two: The Obstinate Pen
Part Three: Holiday Decorations And Calendars
Part Four: SMART Technologies
Part Five: Dawn Hochsprung’s Twitter Feed
Part Six: The 2011-2012 Scrapbook
Part Seven: Children’s Authors Visit Sandy Hook
Part Eight: Charitable Causes
Part Nine: The Library
Part Ten: 92 More Photos From Sandy Hook School
Part Eleven: 180 Articles Referencing Sandy Hook School, Written Between 2008-2012
Part Twelve: The Glass Display Cases
Part Thirteen: Google Earth
Part Fourteen: The November 2012 Scholastic Book Fair
Part Fifteen: Sandy Hook School Enrollment For 2008-2017
Part Sixteen: School Documents From 2008-2012