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TODAY   |  May 03, 2013

Newtown families clash over what to do with school

A task force will meet with community members in Newtown, Conn., tonight to discuss and possibly vote on what to do with the Sandy Hook school building, as victims’ family members disagree over whether it should be reopened. NBC’s Stephanie Gosk reports.

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>>> sandy hook elementary school where the gunman massacred 20 children and six educators nearly six months ago will be the focus of an emotional meeting tonight. stephanie gosk is in newtown , connecticut, with more on the story. good morning.

>> reporter: good morning, tamron. with the tragedy on this scale there's little guidance from history on how best to recover. newtown is figuring it out as they go and the next big step is deciding what to do with the school. the road to sandy hook elementary school is closed, only a small memorial remains. the students are bussed to school in a neighboring town but that was always just a temporary solution. newtown needs an elementary school but should it be a new one? erica lafferty's mother was sandy hook elementary's principal.

>> i would chain my body to it and protest if they try to reopen it.

>> if that's the best site logically, economically for the other children, the ones that are alive, who am i to say you shouldn't build there.

>> reporter: a task force will meet with community members to discuss and possibly vote on what to do next. one option is to tear the school down and rebuild on the same land, or further down the road. another option is to keep the school standing and renovate, which is what they decided to do with columbine high school 14 years ago. frank deangelis is the principal.

>> it was difficult to come back but it helped greatly with the recovery.

>> reporter: many say december 14th feels like just yesterday, any help with recovery would be welcomed. the head of the task force says they are in a difficult position with so many strong opinions there really is no perfect solution . tamron?

>> stephanie, thank you very much.