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SAUGUS : School District to Hire Security Patrol

In response to consecutive weekends of extensive vandalism on two campuses, the Saugus Union Elementary School District will hire a security firm to randomly patrol its 10 schools.

When making the decision earlier this week, Supt. Troy Bramlett said it would temporarily remedy the sudden looting of schools in the area until a more permanent security arrangement could be made for the campuses.

“We just feel that we can no longer ignore it,” Bramlett said. Last weekend, ransackers caused about $3,000 in damage to Rosedell Elementary School. The weekend before that, Rosedell Elementary and Bouquet Canyon Elementary schools suffered $8,300 in damages.

“There is something happening out there and we just don’t know what it is,” Bramlett said of the sudden spurt of vandalism in his district.

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The initial security measures are estimated to cost $3,700 a month, Bramlett said. It is unclear what type of permanent security measures would be taken or how much those would cost.


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