Broken windows cost $16,000

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The 158 windows smashed at Copeland Elementary School will cost about $16,000 to repair and won't be completely replaced when classes resume after the holidays, officials said Monday.

Vandals smashed 158 windows at Copeland Elementary on Jackson Road. Officials said the repairs would not be completed by the time pupils return to school Monday.  Michael Holahan/Staff
Michael Holahan/Staff
Vandals smashed 158 windows at Copeland Elementary on Jackson Road. Officials said the repairs would not be completed by the time pupils return to school Monday.

Sgt. Paul Evans, of the Richmond County sheriff's property crimes division, said no one has been arrested and officials are trying to determine whether any surveillance video shows the incident.

Two juveniles, ages 9 and 13, seen walking through the parking lot carrying metal poles were questioned by police, but denied any involvement, saying they had seen two people with baseball bats smashing the windows earlier.

Richmond County schools spokesman Louis Svehla said the first orders for new windows were likely being placed Monday.

"We had to order some glass," he said. "Just like everything with the holidays, it's going to take a little longer (than normal)."

He said school system workers initially used some glass they already had to seal some of the broken windows. Other windows, he said, had to be boarded up. He said all windows are now sealed, preventing easy access into the school, located on Jackson Road.

To keep costs down, the school system will wait until the full work force returns Monday to begin replacing all of the windows, Mr. Svehla said

He said the $16,000 cost estimate includes the new windows and some overtime. He said the school system has a budget for repairs but was looking to keep costs down by limiting additional overtime.

A school in Columbia County was also targeted over the holiday break. Someone broke into Augusta Christian Schools on Sunday and stole from two vending machines inside the gym.

A maintenance employee at the school at 313 Baston Road, Martinez, said that at about 3:45 p.m. he discovered that someone had entered the locked gymnasium and broken into a snack vending machine inside and a Gatorade vending machine outside the gym. Cash was also stolen from the machines, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office report.

Staff Writers Adam Folk and Donnie Fetter contributed to this article.

Reach Preston Sparks at (706) 828-3851 or preston.sparks@augustachronicle.com

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NEone
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NEone 12/29/09 - 03:30 am
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What about insurance?

What about insurance?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/29/09 - 05:49 am
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Governments and school

Governments and school systems self-insure. But if they can prove who did this, the parents could be made to pay as part of any judicial punishment.

DAMY46
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DAMY46 12/29/09 - 06:44 am
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Question: Who would pay for

Question: Who would pay for the damages if the mother is on welfare and the 'dad' is in jail?

augustadog
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augustadog 12/29/09 - 07:09 am
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That would be you and me

That would be you and me DAMY46. In the end we will pay...

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 12/29/09 - 08:04 am
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river and DAM, of course even

river and DAM, of course even if they find out who did it, the idiotic and moronic school board will do little if anything to recoup their losses. the srooy and trifling parents will "cry broke" and the school district will ultimately compromise with them for pennies on the dollar and a promise from the parents their kids won't do it again. what they should do to the parents is make them pay in full, seize any/all assets, expell the kids from all county schools and make the parents in addition to restitution stand on the corner of a crowded intersection wearing a sign saying what a "sorry parent i am and my kids are a waste of space"

crackertroy
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crackertroy 12/29/09 - 08:10 am
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Must be slow: running the
Unpublished

Must be slow: running the same story two days in a row

SouthernPride
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SouthernPride 12/29/09 - 10:13 am
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Louis Svehla is a cool guy!

Louis Svehla is a cool guy!

disssman
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disssman 12/29/09 - 11:03 am
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Well I am glad they used 3/4

Well I am glad they used 3/4 A/C plywood instead of the cheap old OSB. It makes the building look sooo much better and the cost was only about double. Seniors please take note of the cost and the almost expert analysis by Svehla who probably dosen't know a thing about windows or how they are installed. If you want to stop overtime just contract it out for about double. That would make the work force very happy. Lastly, I wonder about the statements "some glass" and "new windows". The panes aren't broken so whats with the new windows?

stillamazed
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stillamazed 12/29/09 - 11:20 am
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Sorry little uneducated

Sorry little uneducated hoodlums..........parents need to keep their behinds at home and they will not have time to be out getting into trouble, but there lies the problem...the parents don't care as long as they are out of their way. They saw someone with baseball bats but didn't bother to tell anyone, yeah right..

DAMY46
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DAMY46 12/29/09 - 02:08 pm
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SouthernPride check this

SouthernPride check this out.. The RCBOE pays Louis Svehla over $120,000, a year, to do PR work. Ms. Jordan was paid about $60k to do the same job..Go figure.

DAMY46
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DAMY46 12/29/09 - 02:08 pm
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SouthernPride check this

SouthernPride check this out.. The RCBOE pays Louis Svehla over $120,000, a year, to do PR work. Ms. Jordan was paid about $60k to do the same job..Go figure.

corgimom
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corgimom 12/29/09 - 04:17 pm
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Nobody believed the $7,000

Nobody believed the $7,000 estimate for 158 windows. The $16,000 is too low, also. It'll be more like $25,000 by the time it's all done.

sassygirl12
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sassygirl12 12/29/09 - 05:05 pm
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well if they find the thugs

well if they find the thugs that did do this because we all know thats who did do this to the school. they ought to make the parents foot the bill because about the time they beat their kids tails they may think twice before ever commiting a crime again. brats that have nothing better to do than tearing up stuff that does not belong to them. i pray they get a job and someone has to pay every dime of this money back and then some. because as someone said earlier the mom is most likely on welfare and baby daddy if they know who he is, is most likely in jail.

constant reader
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constant reader 12/29/09 - 10:16 pm
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That's a lot of money to

That's a lot of money to replace all those windows. I am suddenly thinking of the recent news that Augusta teachers had to get rid of their mini-fridges because of the expense. $16,000 makes the teacher's fridges look like nothing.

my.voice
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my.voice 12/29/09 - 11:01 pm
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You just cant do good things

You just cant do good things for a certain part of the population. These animals should be locked in a cage.

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