Vandals struck multiple Lompoc Unified School District campuses over the weekend, breaking windows, trashing rooms and stealing computers.
District officials said Sunday that the subjects entered schools via broken windows to steal student computers and supplies in addition to “unecessary” vandalism to rooms.
The equipment and supplies had been staged for distribution to students who could not pick up the items last week in anticipation of the new school year’s start on Monday.
“This is devastating news,” Superintendent Trevor McDonald said in a statement Sunday. “We worked very hard over the summer to obtain enough computers and have them delivered and ready for kids to start school on Monday. We pre-ordered early and were quickly prepared.”
District officials did not identify which campuses were affected.
McDonald said the district will have to reorder computers, but the delivery date is hard to determine as this time.
“There’s obviously a huge demand for student computers and most are back-ordered,” said John Karbula, assistant superintendent of business services. “We will work diligently to try to recover the stolen computers, repair them, sanitize them and get them back to our students.”
District officials are working with the Lompoc police to recover the stolen student supplies and computers.
“Our staff acted quickly this weekend to repair the damage to buildings, clean up the messes made by the vandals, re-secure our facilities and return their focus to Monday as it is our first day of school,” Deputy Superintendent Bree Valla said.
School representatives have asked community members to immediately report to law enforcement any suspicious behaviors or actions witnessed on or around school campuses.
Lompoc schools have been providing Google Chromebooks to any family needing them. Additionally, the district had purchased supplies — pencils, dry erase markers, paper, etc. — to distribute to students for use at home.
In keeping with state and Santa Barbara County guidelines, Lompoc will begin the school year with 100 percent remote learning.
Click here for more information about Lompoc’s first day of school.