Vandals destroy historic school windows

School shame: in a disgraceful act of vandalism, assistant principal at Korumburra Primary School Daniel Wells points to one of the four historic stained glass windows smashed recently.

THE Korumburra Primary School community is devastated after four stained glassed windows in its brick heritage building dating back to 1913 were smashed.

Teachers made the discovery as they arrived for school at 8am on Tuesday, January 29 for the start of the school year.

The incident has put a real dampener on things with students only arriving at school today and who will no doubt become aware of the situation.

A big clean-up operation was in place on Tuesday to make the library area safe for all arriving pupils. The library will remain open but the mezzanine level will stay closed until an investigation is carried out.

Assistant principal Daniel Wells told the Star the staff were upset, some having grown up as students at the school.

The lead light windows are in the 1913 heritage brick building which replaced the original 1891 school building. It housed the lower elementary school originally and today is used as the school library.

The school celebrated its centenary in 1991 and its 125th anniversary celebrations in 2016.

The building is believed to be heritage listed and the school community is looking at ways to restore the leadlight windows with possibly some fundraising involved.

They are investigating having a specialist come in to advise on what is involved and the cost.

Senior Constable Glen Rielly of Korumburra Police said the vandalism has occurred sometime between 3pm Friday, January 25 and 8am on Tuesday, January 29.

“The offenders have gained access to the roof in order to reach the windows on a mezzanine level. At this stage it looks like they have kicked the windows in rather than use a brick or other device,” he said.

“It is very hard to put an estimate on the cost of these items as they are historic but at this stage we are estimating the value to be around $5,000; it could easily be considerably more.

“I would say looking at the windows 70 per cent is damaged and 30 percent is salvageable,” Senior Constable Rielly said.

The school is currently reviewing CCTV footage in order to obtain information and will also conduct an inspection surrounding the building in case a brick or other item is discovered.

In other damage in Korumburra over the weekend a front window has been smashed at Grow Lightly in Commercial Street and one of the front sliding doors at the Italian Social Club was also smashed.

Korumburra police said these windows were smashed over the weekend between Friday night and Saturday morning.

A rock from South Railway Crescent was used to smash the Italian Social Club window.

Bloodstains were found at the scene. Crime scene officers attended and took samples and are believed to be interviewing a suspect this weekend.

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