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Kiona Benton City School District Building Vandalized

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The vandals also cut all phone lines, stabbed holes in several computer monitors in another room and smashed keyboards and phones. The vandals also cut all phone lines, stabbed holes in several computer monitors in another room and smashed keyboards and phones.

UPDATE/BENTON CITY, WA - According to the Benton County Sheriff's Office, the Kiona-Benton City School District was vanalized Sunday evening causing extensive damage to the school district's computer server system and phone lines.

The damage could cost up to $100,000.

The district's maintenance director responded to an alarm at the district office Sunday around 4 p.m. but accidently went to the wrong building.

The district had moved their administrative office from a small building by the elementary and middle schools to a larger building behind Ki-Be High School.

The maintenance worker went to the current district office where he found several teachers working so he called the alarm company to say everything was okay and reactivated the alarm.

It was not until early Monday morning  that district employees realized the  entire server system had been broken into and vandalized.

"Well it took us way back, our teachers had to teach with white boards and chalk boards and no computers," said Rom Castilleja, Kiona-Benton City School District Superintendent.

Castilleja said someone broke the door into the server closet and took a hammer to the server equipment.

The vandals also cut all phone lines, stabbed holes in several computer monitors in another room and smashed keyboards and phones.

They are estimating the damage at 100 thousand dollars, most of which should be covered by insurance.

Benton County Sheriff's Deputies are still investigating but do not have any suspects yet, they said burglaries to this extent aren't very common.

"It happens from time to time but it's been a while for us," said Leutenant Charles Jones, Benton COunty Sheriff's Office.

"It's really disappointing that anyone would do this sort of thing because it really is senseless,"concluded Castilleja.

All the schools in the district stayed open Moday even though teachers had to take attendance by hand and make some other adjustments

Schools also had to use emergency cell phones to communicate among themselves and with parents.

Technicians are already working to fix the broken equipment.

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BENTON CITY, WA - According to Kiona-Benton City School District officials, the City School District building was vandalized over the weekend.

The phone system for the entire school district is down.

According to the Benton County Sheriff's Office, the damage is estimated at $100,000.  Deputies say vandals destroyed computers which subsequently took down the computer and phone networks.

If you need to get in contact with either the Elementary, Middle or High schools, use the following numbers:

Elementary: (509) 727-4669 and (509) 539-2691

Middle: (509) 727-4281 and (509) 619-9023

High: (509) 727-5562 and (509) 727-4972

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