Vandals break into new Farmington High School building


FARMINGTON, N.M. (KRQE) – Students haven’t even had the chance to use it and already vandals hit a new high school building in Farmington. Crews with Farmington Municipal Schools spent Monday assessing the damage in classrooms and cleaning up a mess throughout the hallways.

Farmington police said officers were dispatched Sunday morning to the new ‘A Building’ at Farmington High School.

“It’s new construction, it’s the communities tax dollars and people have worked hard to have this,” Georgette Allen with Farmington Police said. “It’s a shame. Students haven’t even had a chance to go in and have classes yet.”

Just six weeks ago contractors handed over the keys to the new building to the school district. Now they’ll be back to replace everything vandals destroyed over the weekend.

The new building cost nearly $12 million. It’s also only phase one of a multi-phase construction project, giving the high school a brand new look

“It really is sad because this first building took 15 months to build and it is state of the art throughout,” Chief of Operations Ted Lasiewicz said.

Vandals shattered a window to gain access to the inside of the building. They found cans of paint and scattered it all over white boards, walls and even on the carpet. They took bottles of soap and poured them down the hallways, but that wasn’t it.

“They broke into one of the classrooms and got a hold of a fire extinguisher sprayed that all around,” Lasiewicz said.

Lasiewicz said it’s possible there is more than one vandal but one person is all the school’s surveillance video captured. Farmington police posted a photo to their Facebook page hoping someone would recognize the suspect.

“The footage that we received, it was a good image,” Allen said. “We’ve had a lot of really good tips.”

The school district said nothing appears to have been stolen.  Lasiewicz said it’s still early but estimates the damage to be about $5,000.

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