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Bellingham Public Schools offering $1,000 reward after new Sehome High vandalized

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Students attend their first classes in Sehome High School's new building Wednesday. The Bellingham school district passed a bond approving the school's construction in 2013.
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Students attend their first classes in Sehome High School's new building Wednesday. The Bellingham school district passed a bond approving the school's construction in 2013.

Bellingham Public Schools is offering a $1,000 reward is being offered for information about vandalism last weekend at the new Sehome High School.

Several windows were smashed at the school, which opened in January at a cost of $103 million, said Dana Smith, spokeswoman for Bellingham Public Schools.

“When the Sehome head custodian arrived to work early (Monday) morning he found several broken windows along the north side of the school,” Smith told The Bellingham Herald.

Smith said 11 windows, all made of tempered safety glass, were smashed, and their replacement cost wasn’t immediately known.

“Our facilities and school safety personnel are on site and will be working with a contractor to replace the windows as soon as possible. School is on time and running normally,” Smith said.

Anyone with information about the vandalism can call or text to a tip line anonymously at 844-310-9560, contact a school administrator or use an online reporting tool at bellinghamschools.org/safe.

Robert Mittendorf covers civic issues, weather, traffic and how people are coping with the high cost of housing for The Bellingham Herald. A journalist since 1984, he’s also a volunteer firefighter for South Whatcom Fire Authority.
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