Burglars broke into various facilities in the Española School District over the summer and the District is looking at additional security measures as a result.
At an Aug. 20 Board meeting, Superintendent Fred Trujillo called it a “rash of break-ins” at District facilities.
In an email, Trujillo wrote that on Aug. 15 a break-in occurred at the main campus site. He wrote that the District obtained surveillance images of the suspect which were turned over to the Española Police Department.
District Safety and Security Manager Christian Lopez said in an interview that a John Deere Utility Vehicle was taken, along with many tools and weed eaters. The vehicle and some of the tools were recovered through the Police Department.
He said that earlier in the summer someone broke in to Los Niños Elementary through a window but that nothing was found missing.
“The district is continuing to assess the security of its campuses, and we will be addressing those needs accordingly and as soon as possible,” Trujillo wrote. “The district is looking into installing additional security systems throughout the district at its sites to help monitor and deter such incidents.”
Lopez said that those were the only incidents over the summer, though over the weekend someone crashed into the gate at Española Valley High School which will cost $10,000 to repair.
“Somebody just, in their infinite wisdom, decided to drive up Fairview Lane at a high rate of speed and ram the gate,” Lopez said.
At the Board meeting, Trujillo said there were break-ins at “some of the other schools” but did not specify which.
Lopez said that during remote learning while teachers are on campus, there is a security guard at every school except for three.