Damage cost at school still being tallied

Aberdeen High was hit by vandalism Oct. 15

October 26, 2003|By Hanah Cho | Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF

Harford County school officials are still determining damage costs associated with an act of vandalism that occurred at Aberdeen High School on Oct. 15.

An inventory of damaged items includes two television sets, six computers, one scanner, one laser printer, a window and several pieces of science equipment, including microscopes, according to a letter sent to parents last week by Principal Tom Szerensits.

In the letter, Szerensits also said that the school's alarm system was not activated Oct. 15 because it was being repaired that day. Schools spokesman Donald R. Morrison said there had been sporadic problems with the alarm system.

"Unfortunately, although [the security company representative] was able to identify the problem, the availability of parts and the need to switch phone lines prevented the job from being completed before the end of the business day" Oct. 15, Szerensits said in the letter. "That problem has been corrected."

The school was closed Oct. 16 after officials discovered that vandals had emptied several fire extinguishers inside the school, damaging equipment and requiring extensive cleanup of the hallways and classrooms. Students returned to school Monday after having Friday off for the Maryland State Teachers Convention.

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