DALLAS (AP) — Some Dallas public schools closed the past two years in a cost-cutting move have become targets of vandals and thieves despite assurances from school officials the properties would be maintained.
The Dallas Morning News reports (http://dallasne.ws/H981gG ) some of the 11 schools shut by the Dallas Independent School District have been trashed, sprayed with graffiti and stripped of pipes and copper items that fetch good prices as scrap.
District officials say they're working to find uses for the empty buildings and keep the places secure.
When the closings to save some $11 million were announced, officials said the buildings would be shut temporarily.
The district's police chief says people have been arrested in the schools but quickly get out of jail. He also points out his department's responsible for 293 buildings.
Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com