Buchanan Middle School students may not start on time after school was damaged during break-in

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By: Krystal Vivian kvivian@953mnc.com

Buchanan Middle School students may not go back to school on Sept. 8 after the school building was significantly damaged during a break-in on Saturday, Aug. 15.

A suspect or suspects damaged the school’s main water piping and ventilation system, according to a news release posted on the Buchanan Community Schools website.

In addition to the damage, tens of thousands of dollars worth of copper was stolen, according to 95.3 MNC’s news partners ABC 57.

The damage was inventoried and construction crews are working overtime to repair the damage with the hopes of allowing teaching access to their classrooms soon, according tot he news release. The Buchanan Police Department is investigating and both police and hired security will be patrolling the property.

The middle school orientation will be held at the Buchanan High School auxiliary gym on Sept. 1. Seventh grade student orientation begins at 5:30 p.m., sixth grade student orientation is at 6:30 p.m. and fifth grade orientation is at 7:30 p.m.

As the first day of school approaches, school officials will keep the public and school employees informed of the progress on construction and how the first scheduled day of school will be affected, according to the news release.

Anyone with information about the break-in is asked to contact the Buchanan Police Department at 269-695-5120.