The Greater Amsterdam School District is dealing with another act of vandalism to its facilities after vandals spray-painted graffiti on the football field and facilities at Wilbur H. Lynch Literacy Academy.
According to Superintendent Ronald Limoncelli, the vandalism occurred Tuesday between 4 and 6 p.m.
“We’ve determined that it happened during daylight hours because the maintenance staff was in the area until 4 and the lacrosse coach and team around 6,” Limoncelli said.
There was not a lot of damage, but enough to have to clean up. The restrooms were vandalized along with the benches. The vandals also painted on the turf field itself, with writing in the end zone and along the portion of the field were players and coaches sit. Limoncelli said there was no particular message, just markings.
Officials don’t know if it was one person or a few, but, Limoncelli said, they will know in the future as security cameras have been installed and are working around the area.
“We missed this one by a day or two, but our cameras are up now and I have been told they are activated,” Limoncelli said.
The district has been trying to increase security throughout the district and has spent nearly $1 million in its efforts, focusing especially on the high school and middle school, Limoncelli said.
“We get them and when we do we’ll prosecute to the best we can and hope the courts don’t treat them lightly,” Limoncelli added. “It’s not only our field, but our buildings, windows and buses. I just don’t understand what enjoyment you get from doing something like that.”
Limoncelli said this vandalism incident hasn’t been the most costly on school grounds. He said an incident of damage to school buses this fall was much worse.
The writing on the restrooms has already been painted over, but Limoncelli said the district is in touch with the field turf manufacturer to solicit recommendations about how to remove the graffiti from the field.
The middle school’s field is home to the Amsterdam High School football, boys and girls soccer, and lacrosse along with the Little Giants program and the professional football team the Amsterdam Zephyrs.
The artificial turf field was completed in 2004 as part of a $22 million districtwide improvement project. The field cost about $1.1 million.
“It’s really disappointing,” Limoncelli said. “It’s surprising that it happened during the day. We hope that people will keep an eye on our schools and watch for things out of the ordinary.”
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