Police investigating burglary, vandalism at North Highland Elementary School

North Highland Elementary School was vandalized and burglarized, Oklahoma City Public Schools officials said.

The elementary school had “significant damage to a large part of the building” Friday night, officials said. Vandals targeted office spaces, hallways and classrooms, the glass in the showcase area was smashed, school equipment was destroyed and paint was thrown onto walls

District officials are working to assess the damage and catalog items believed to have been stolen.

“OKCPS is also working with police and will be providing the security footage of the individuals who are responsible for the vandalism and theft of these public resources, which are so critical to the education of our children,” district officials said in a news release.

The school district announced earlier this week that officials are considering temporarily closing North Highland Elementary School because the majority of the staff has resigned and the school struggles to keep teachers.

Officials announced Monday morning that the school will remain open:

“After careful consideration and exploring a variety of options, OKCPS Superintendent Aurora Lora has made the decision to move forward with staffing North Highland Elementary for the 2017-18 school year so we can welcome students on August 1. To facilitate this, Supt. Lora will appoint an interim principal, and district teams will work to staff the building with additional supports including an extra assistant principal, full-time counselor, and two social workers, all of which were allocated to North Highland prior to the consideration of a temporary closure. North Highland students will also be offered the option to transfer to neighboring schools with space via a transfer process to be coordinated by the Superintendent’s office. The transfer application process will be communicated to families this week.”

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