Archive for Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Vandals cause $25,000 in damage to Eudora High School’s new stadium; police seek help in finding suspects

July 12, 2011


Vandals have caused at least $25,000 in damage to the new Eudora District Stadium, putting community members in an uproar and prompting the school district to close the stadium to the public for now.

“This certainly is an unfortunate event for the patrons of the Eudora school district who invested a lot in this particular facility,” Superintendent Don Grosdidier said. “Now, we’re having to shut it down for a time until we can get it cleaned up and provide for a little better security.

“The actions of a few are causing problems for the many unfortunately.”

Eudora police are investigating the vandalism after school officials reported the damage Friday. Sgt. Tom Willis, a Eudora police spokesman, said someone — likely several suspects — spray painted profanities and rude images on the field’s artificial turf, the wall of a concession stand and a water tower near the stadium on the Eudora High School campus, 2203 Church St.

The new stadium, which was constructed with funds from a 2007 voter-approved bond issue, opened last fall, Grosdidier said. It cost just under $2 million, and it had been open to the public for walking and jogging as well.

Grosdidier said school officials believe the vandalism occurred overnight Thursday. The main problem is damage to the artificial turf, and the school district is working with its contractor to explore its options on how to repair the damage. But that part is still up in the air, he said.

“We just hope to find out who’s responsible and seek any damages that we can,” Grosdidier said.

The Eudora Police Department is asking for the public’s help. Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the department at 785-542-3121.

“It’s a new facility that cost a lot of money to build. It’s a very nice facility,” Willis said. “For somebody to do this is really putting people in an uproar, as it should.”


irvan moore 6 years, 2 months ago

bleach and dye the turf or patch it? put out a reward, somebody will talk and make the vandals pay for it, taxpayers paid once, shouldn't have to pay again.

genie220 6 years, 2 months ago

Will be interesting to see if this gets tied to the vandalism in Tonganoxie and McLouth. That story was online today on the Tongie Mirror. Surprised no one addressed whether or not the two stories and incidents could be related?!

Terry Sexton 6 years, 2 months ago

There were three playgrounds in the KC & Olathe area trashed & torched recently to the tune of about $75k each. Add that to these to the Eudora, Tongie & McLouth & it gives me pause to wonder about the number of cretins running amok around here.
Must be a hard thing having the need to act like that.

CreatureComforts 6 years, 2 months ago

Ah she ain't no Cretin boss, she's a Puerto Rican!

JustNoticed 6 years, 2 months ago

oh baby! Yes, let's round up the 14-18 years olds (just guessing) and then torture and execute them IN THE STADIUM. What a show!

BlackVelvet 6 years, 2 months ago

I'd bet some other 14-18 year olds know who is responsible, but you know they won't say anything.

kernal 6 years, 2 months ago

After reading the article in the Tongi Mirror, I wouldn't be a bit surprised if it turned out all the punks are acquainted with one another.

BruceWayne 6 years, 2 months ago

like an adult that suffered a landslide election loss? Free State and LHS better step up security!

akt2 6 years, 2 months ago

I couldn't imagine an adult doing something so stupid. But I would also hate to think that EHS students would be responsible. It seems like they would take more pride in their school. I think that parents of juvenile delinquents can be held financially responsible for damages. This is really a shame and some hard lessons are going to be learned.

juststrugglin 6 years, 2 months ago

There are cameras, why were these not on??? We paid for them. Why was it left unlocked? Many question the school leaders need to answer.

EudoraKelty 6 years, 2 months ago

Cameras were on. That is a piece of the entire puzzle. The stadium was left unlocked for community use, a goodwill gesture by those school leaders for the community that supported the bond issue to allow the construction of those facilities. Here's a copy of the 5th paragraph, from above, stating why the stadium was open:

The new stadium, which was constructed with funds from a 2007 voter-approved bond issue, opened last fall, Grosdidier said. It cost just under $2 million, and it had been open to the public for walking and jogging as well.

I hope whoever is involved has enough decency to come forward. Even if insurance does cover these damages, it's still unfortunate for the district to be stuck with paying the deductible.

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