Lakewood OH

New Westlake High School building vandalized

Reward offered for information

By Kevin Kelley

The Westlake City Schools is offering a $125 reward for information about vandals who broke into the new Westlake High School building Saturday night.

According to district communications specialist Kim Bonvissuto, the vandals caused damage throughout much of the building, which has yet to open to students.

The culprits discharged at least nine fire extinguishers and tipped over buckets of water and glue throughout the Rotunda cafeteria, the media center, the academic wings and the auxiliary gymnasium, according to a new release from the district.

Bonvissuto said the vandalism would not delay the start of the school year, scheduled to begin Sept.4. Student orientation sessions are still scheduled for Sept. 3.

“It’s more of a clean up issue,” Bonvissuto said. Some floor tiles and carpet squares would have to be replaced, she added.

The district is still waiting on an official monetary estimate on the amount of damage done, said Bonvissuto, who added it was likely to be less than $5,000. Turner Construction and Westlake Schools officials are working with insurance investigators to assess the damages.

The damage was discovered by Turner Construction personnel early Sunday morning and reported to the school district and the Westlake Police Department. Three distinctive and easily identifiable shoe treads were identified at the scene, district officials said.

Westlake Schools is offering a reward for any information that leads to the identities of the vandals. If you have any information, you are Anyone with information on the identity of the vandals is asked to call the Westlake Schools Safety Line at 440-250-1199 or the Westlake Police Department at 440-871-3311.



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