Mettawee copes with vandals

By Jaime Thomas

The Mettawee Community School in West Pawlet is using an act of vandalism as a teachable moment.

An unknown driver heavily damaged the lawn at the school on Columbus Day weekend. Though officials don’t know the exact date of the vandalism, they believe it happened on Monday, Oct. 8.

Principal Brooke DeBonis said she arrived at work that Tuesday morning to find tire marks all over the grass and immediately began making phone calls.

“I talked to state troopers, I was looking into cameras and spotlights, I talked to the constable and the Board of Education,” DeBonis said.

The school had a contractor come in to figure out the cost of installation of a security camera and the technology that accompanies it. DeBonis said she is still waiting for a quote and for Board of Education approval to move forward with further action.

In order to repair the lawn, the school custodian rolled it out and will soon add top soil and seeds. DeBonis said people in the area really care about what happened.

“Everyone here has so much respect for the community; it was overwhelming the response of students and parents who were concerned and wanted to help,” DeBonis said.

The school is using this incident to teach its students. The sixth-grade class, for example, submitted a letter to the editor of the Sentinel. DeBonis said this allows older students to teach younger students how to reach out to the community.

DeBonis said the lawn is already looking much better than it did several weeks ago, but she wants to make sure something is done about it.

“We are taking action and making sure it doesn’t happen again,” DeBonis said.

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Sentinel in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Northshire Freepress 02/27/15

North Country Freepress – 02/27/15

Lakes Classifieds – 02/27/15

Lakes Region Freepress 02/27/15

Classifieds 02/25/14

A year later, Pember on path to recovery

Bob and Mary (3)

By Derek Liebig A year after a state audit revealed the Granville institution was in a precarious financial state, the […]

A day in the life of a Whitehall Cop

Patrolman Joel Archambault issues a ticket during Monday's ridealong

By Dan King For a small town, there is always something to do as a cop in Whitehall. At 9:30 […]

Behavioral Specialist program to continue

Liz Legault

By Dan King The Whitehall Board of Education voted Monday to continue the district’s much-discussed behavioral specialist program. In an […]

Snail Mail gets slower

Whitehall Post Office

By Dan King People in New York’s rural municipalities, including Whitehall, may have to wait an extra day for delivery […]

Granville spirit night

By Derek Liebig Bolstering school spirit is the aim of an event that will be held tomorrow night at Granville […]

Hampton puts aside funds for equipment

By Derek Liebig The Hampton Town Board is putting some money aside for a rainy day. The board voted last […]

Whitehall Rifle Club still perfect

The Whitehall Rifle Club finished the first half of the season 7-0 with its strongest outing of the year, by […]