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Because of damage recently by vandals, access to school facilities may be restricted – or worse.

According to school officials, there has been costly damage to the school recently and it is being investigated.

The damage was extensive enough that it prompted officials to post a warning and a request for assistance on the district’s Facebook page (Dec. 29).

“We are requesting the help of our community to ensure our facilities are maintained and properly cared for.”

“In recent weeks students and/or adults within our facilities (gym, etc.) have been breaking into locked doors, leaving trash, leaving equipment out and not putting it away, accessing equipment they are not authorized to use, breaking school equipment/storage (breaking doors, door frames, door handles, door locks, stage podium, etc.), not using school equipment for its proper use (kicking basketballs into the ceiling-damaging lighting and ventilation system), accessing offices that are restricted from community access, accessing the school outside of the gym without authorization.”

“We want our students and community to be able to access our facilities but if things don’t change immediately, we will have no choice but to restrict access.” the Facebook post explained.

“Using our facilities is a privilege and one that can and will be taken away immediately if we continue to have vandalism and inappropriate use of our facilities. Please help us address these issues now,” the comment concluded.

According to Superintendent Aaron Skogen, the damage may indeed force the school to make some changes in access.

“Another reason for the post (on Facebook) was the hope that the community could stop this (vandalism),” he said Tuesday.

“We definitely encourage our students and the community to use our facilities, but use them appropriately. As of the post, we haven’t had any issues. We are hoping that it has resolved itself,” he explained.

The damage was mostly in areas accessible by both students and the public, the superintendent said.

The school already has the custodians providing greater scrutiny to the areas as they work, he explained.

“Video surveillance is not cheap, but we do have a lot of cameras. We may need to get more cameras,” he explained.

The superintendent also said that vandalism had not been a problem until recently. “We are hoping to resolve this right away.

“We don’t wand to be in the position where we need to restrict access to the facilities. The community enjoys our facilities and we appreciate that the community pays taxes and wants to use the facilities as much as they do. We just need to make sure they are used correctly,” he added.

So far, the damage hasn’t affected the curriculum for the students, yet. “At this point, it has not disrupted the educational or our extracurricular programs,” the superintendent explained.

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