KETCHIKAN (AP) -- In an attempt to stem vandalism, the Ketchikan School District began installing security cameras at Ketchikan High School this week.
Since October, vandals have caused about $3,500 in damage to public school buildings. About $1,200 was at the high school in the form of damaged locks, thermostats, fire alarms, drinking fountains, lockers, doors and windows. Also, someone punched a hole in a wall and broke a plumbing line, flooding one of the school's bathrooms.
Damage at Houghtaling Elementary School was even higher. Plugged toilets and sinks, broken faucets and window blinds, and a hole kicked in the wall cost the district about $1,300.
Eight cameras will be installed at the high school, said maintenance director Dean Henrick, and there are plans to eventually double the number.
Vandalism costs the district between $25,000 and $50,000 per year, Henrick said.
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