It could now cost $16,000 to fix broken Copeland school windows

Monday, Dec. 28, 2009 12:30 PM
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Richmond County school officials have revised their cost estimate to repair the 158 windows found smashed at Copeland Elementary School Christmas Eve.

Vandals broke 158 windows at Copeland Elementary School on Thursday.  Michael Holahan/Staff
Michael Holahan/Staff
Vandals broke 158 windows at Copeland Elementary School on Thursday.

The new cost as determined this afternoon is now at $16,000, said school system spokesman Louis Svehla. He said earlier today that new replacement windows won’t all be installed before classes resume after the holidays.

Meanwhile, Sgt. Paul Evans, of the Richmond County sheriff’s property crimes division, said today they had not made an arrest in the case and are trying to determine whether there is any surveillance video of the incident.

Two adolescents, age 9 and 13, seen walking through the parking lot carrying metal poles were questioned by police, but they denied breaking the windows, saying they had seen two people with baseball bats damaging the windows earlier.

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

“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 window material they already had on hand to seal some of the broken windows. Other windows, though, had to be boarded up with wood. Mr. Svehla said all window openings are now sealed, preventing easy access into the school, located on Jackson Road in Augusta.

In an effort to keep costs down, Mr. Svehla said the school system will forego any additional holiday overtime this week to have new windows replaced more quickly, instead waiting until the full workforce returns on Monday.

Already, he said overtime has occurred with workers initially being at the scene from Christmas Eve night until 2 a.m. Christmas morning and with the work to seal window openings.

Mr. Svehla said it also will take longer to replace the windows because the school is older, noting that grooves would have to be cut out and that windows couldn’t be easily dropped in like would be the case at a newer school.

He said the $16,000 cost estimate includes new window expenses as well as some overtime. He said the school system has a budget for repairs, but that while facing a budget crunch amid state cuts it's looking to keep costs down by reigning in additional overtime.

Staff Writer Adam Folk contributed to this article

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Lp_J
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Lp_J 12/28/09 - 01:04 pm
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stupity

stupity

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 12/28/09 - 01:12 pm
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This sounds very incompetent

This sounds very incompetent to me - those two boys with their metal poles told the police they saw someone with a bat? And that is where it was left? Broken windows - 2 punks with poles and they let them go?? Why were they not taken home to their parents and why was it not persued right then and there to see if there was any evidence of glass fragments? This is turning out to be one of those typical Augusta "jokes". Happy New Year to one and all.

onethickdiva
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onethickdiva 12/28/09 - 01:49 pm
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As if the school is not

As if the school is not drafty enough. It is sad that children - and lets be real, some adults - lack respect of personal property. The money spent repairing this could be put to hundreds of other uses.

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Patty-P 12/28/09 - 02:27 pm
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Please do not tell me that a

Please do not tell me that a 9 and 13 year old can outsmart Richmond County Sherrif's Deputies. No wonder Augusta has a horrible crime rate.

airbud7
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airbud7 12/28/09 - 02:45 pm
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Just a couple kids breaking

Just a couple kids breaking school windows,Im sure the kids are scared to death right now,but what do you do? Sometimes the bad guy is really not so bad.

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55 F-100 12/28/09 - 04:14 pm
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If the perpetrators are

If the perpetrators are welfare recipients, then their "Post Office money" should be garnisheed until the $16,000 is repaid. If the perpetrators are illegal alien gang members, then a repayment program should be established, OR, they should be deported along with their illegal alien parents to their country of origin.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 12/28/09 - 04:33 pm
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I just can't see how the

I just can't see how the police would've let these kids get off the hook like this, so maybe they really aren't off the hook. Seems like that many windows is an awful lot for 2 kids to break...but it obviously could happen. Maybe there were more kids involved and the police are waiting on these 2 kids to squeel on them? I hope they do!

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 12/28/09 - 04:37 pm
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airbud7 - - "just a couple

airbud7 - - "just a couple of kids"??? If they break windows at that age - lie to the cops and think they are home free - what will they do when they get older? I don't understand your comment "Sometimes the bad guys is really not so bad" what would YOU call them??? Something is wrong in your thinking - sorry!!

airbud7
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airbud7 12/28/09 - 04:59 pm
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TrulyWorried I am sorry I

TrulyWorried I am sorry I upset you and you are right!!! But still what can we do!!!

BamaMan
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BamaMan 12/28/09 - 06:28 pm
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Let's see....kids walking

Let's see....kids walking around a school parking lot with metal poles, school has $16,000 worth of broken windows, and the police let them go. I can hear the kids laughing all the way home. Ronnie Strength, however, shouldn't be.

fd1962
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fd1962 12/28/09 - 06:47 pm
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Earlier it was announced it
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Earlier it was announced it would cost $7000 for repairs. Now, $16,000. Tomorrow, $50,000? Wish I could bid on that job alright. Somebody is getting well.

SVSBORIS
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SVSBORIS 12/28/09 - 08:07 pm
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maybe they were concerned

maybe they were concerned about how hot the room would be when the weather turns warm

disssman
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disssman 12/28/09 - 08:26 pm
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I am sure of a couple of

I am sure of a couple of things here. Number one is mr. Svehla dosen't know beans about replacing windows in aluminum sashes and two the cost in manhours and materials wouldn't come close to half the price even if it was done on overtime. For gods sake folks the panes are a standard size and the sealing is done with a caulking gun. I would dare say a couple of guys could do the job in a week at the most. As to the kids, we should be thankful they didn't get hurt by falling glass. If they had gotten hurt I am sure mama would have gotten a good taxpayer lawyer to sue all of us, and a jury of our peers would have sided with her.

msgret92
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msgret92 12/28/09 - 09:41 pm
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It should be a shovel ready

It should be a shovel ready project, maybe the stimulus will cover it and create some new jobs.

DonnieJoe
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DonnieJoe 12/28/09 - 09:56 pm
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aren't there some people out

aren't there some people out on Tobacco Road that could put those windows in for free? i am sure there are several that are not real busy (except playing cards and watching t.v.

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crackertroy 12/28/09 - 10:26 pm
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Patty-P -9 and 13? That's way
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Patty-P -9 and 13? That's way over Richmond County's competence level. Anyone over 5 poses problems for RCPD.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 12/28/09 - 10:58 pm
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Take every penny these thugs

Take every penny these thugs have until they pay us in full.

yellow cat
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yellow cat 12/29/09 - 01:25 pm
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Their mothers should be made

Their mothers should be made to pay for the windows. Notice I said mothers I am sure there are no dads or moms dont know them.. Bet the system is already taking care of them. I say stot the welfare check.

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