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Pasco school officials fed up with break-ins at Calusa Elementary

NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County schools assistant superintendent Ray Gadd has had it with Calusa Elementary School being burglarized.

He had hoped that after some highly publicized arrests in March, the school had seen the last of its computers being stolen in weekend and overnight heists. But then Calusa Elementary, which had already lost more than $70,000 worth of technology in the past year, got knocked off again the weekend of April 27.

Gadd fired off a note to his maintenance director asking for a plan to beef up security at the school.

"This is beyond absurd," Gadd wrote.

In an interview, he said the school's monitoring systems fall short of need, as whoever is breaking into the school is finding ways to get in and out undetected. He said state-of-the-art infrared cameras might be part of a more comprehensive effort to protect the buildings.

Gadd planned to meet with the district finance team to see what money is available for the project.

"I've just had enough of Calusa being broken into over and over," he said. "We want to try to put a halt to it."

The district also is conferring with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office to determine if any other schools require added security attention. Other schools near Calusa, including River Ridge High, Chasco Middle and Ridgewood High, also have been burglarized in recent months.

Pasco school officials fed up with break-ins at Calusa Elementary 05/07/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 5:24pm]
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