PONTIAC, Mich. — Closed school buildings have attracted
vandals and burglars in Pontiac School District, leading one school board
trustee to call for selling the vacant schools, The Oakland Press reported.
The district has filed more than 47 insurance claims related
to the incidents, the report said. Operations manager John Parker told school
board members at a recent meeting that boarding the windows and welding the
doors have not stopped the vandalism, The Press reported. Some buildings do not
have working alarms, Parker said, The Press reported.
One person pleaded guilty to taking copper valued at nearly
$95,000 from a closed school, according to the report, and two residents
reported that vandals damaged display cases and memorabilia at now-closed
Pontiac Central High School. The district has closed eight schools as
enrollment dropped from 12,000 a decade ago to today's 6,000 students, The
Damon Dorkins, a school trustee and Pontiac police officer,
said the board should proceed with selling the schools, according to The Press.
The Oakland Press, "Board members express frustration at
Pontiac school break-ins," Oct. 26, 2010
Michigan Education Report, "Schools for Sale," Aug. 15, 2007