By Chris Kieffer
TUPELO – Thieves reportedly broke into Tupelo’s Early Childhood Education Center on Monday night and took technology items.
External windows were broken outside six classrooms, Assistant Superintendent Matthew Dillon said.
All children at the school for 4-year-olds were safe, and school took place as normal on Tuesday. The district’s maintenance staff replaced the windows.
“The things that were taken can be replaced,” Dillon said. “What is most important to us is our students and our faculty and staff. Everyone did a great job of following protocol, and we really haven’t missed a beat.”
A staff member noticed the broken windows at about 6:45 on Tuesday morning and notified the school’s lead teacher, Anita Buchanan, and the Tupelo Police Department.
Missing items included iPads, iPods and laptops, Buchanan said. The technology is used daily, she said, but the school also will be able to work around it until the items are replaced.
“Anytime we lose materials, it hurts the learning process for children,” she said. “Those materials will have to be replaced, which takes money that could be used for other materials. It only hurts the youngest children in our district.”
The district will review the safety and security measures it has in place, Dillon said. The school does have an alarm that had been set, Buchanan said.