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One Week after Break-in and Burglary, Ki-Be School District still Recovering

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BENTON CITY, WA - It has been one week since someone broke into the building that houses the Ki-Be School District's computer servers causing more than $100,000 of damage and a major headache for teachers and staff.

The Kiona-Benton City School District is operating like they would have years ago.

They have had to revert to handwritten memos and mailboxes because their e-mail service is still down.

Technicians quickly fixed some of the phone lines last week.

But as they worked to repair the security system on Wednesday, some phone lines went down again.

Parents have had access to alternate cell phone lines to contact the school.

The district's superintendent said the Internet has been the hardest to be without, especially because parent-teacher conferences start today and teachers need access to student records.

"Our staff has been really incredible in working through this and being very cooperative and understanding of the delays so they've done double duty that way," said Rom Castilleja, Kiona-Benton City School District Superintendent.

Most of the district did not have Internet until late last week. Technicians are trying to determine what can be salvaged of the file servers. They said some archived student and financial information could be lost.

P.N.N.L has sent technicians to help with repairs. So far, the Benton County Sheriff's office has no leads on who could be responsible for the burglary.

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