Board concerned about vandalism
Since summer vacation began in May, vandals have damaged numerous Basehor -Linwood School District buildings, facilities and equipment. Total damage estimates range between $4,500 and $6,000, school officials said.
The most recent incident occurred at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, when unknown vandals damaged 12 safety glass windows in a greenhouse on the west side of Basehor-Linwood High School. Rocks were thrown through the windows, Basehor police reported.
The damage estimate was $2,110, school officials said.
"It was absolutely deliberate," said Bill Hatfield, assistant superintendent. "It took some effort to do what they did."
Other acts of vandalism occurred earlier this summer at Basehor Elementary School, the Basehor-Linwood Board Office, Linwood Elementary School and Glenwood Ridge Elementary School.
During the school board meeting Monday, Aug. 4, board members were informed of the situation and gave school officials permission to allow police to step up surveillance of district schools and facilities.
"I don't see think, frankly, that we have any other choice," Hatfield said.
One way to help deter the vandalism is to keep people away from school facilities when school isn't in session and when activities aren't going on, police said.
This does not include the track at the high school or playgrounds at the elementary schools, authorities added.
In other news, the board;
- Unanimously approved a bid submitted by Boone Brothers Roofing, in the amount of $86,541, to repair the roof of the Basehor-Linwood Education Service Center, located at the northwest corner of 155th Street and Leavenworth Road.
- Reviewed a prospective list of 70 local residents, government officials and business owners, which could comprise a school district advisory council. Board members will review the list further during a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11.