HOWARD CITY — A Howard City elementary school was vandalized the night of Memorial Day, causing the school to be closed Tuesday.
MacNaughton Elementary School at 415 Cedar St. houses about 475 kindergarten through second grade students.
According to Tri County Area Schools Superintendent Al Cumings, someone broke into the school after 8:15 p.m. Monday. The timeline was narrowed down to this time, because a teacher was in the building until 8:15 p.m.
The destruction was discovered by a school janitor this morning. Computers were broken, tables were turned over and materials were strewn about the classrooms. It is not yet known if any items were stolen.
“Somebody broke into the school and did extensive damage,” Cumings said. “They broke the glass in the doors to break into the school. It led to glass being all over the floors and hallways. Being a K through second grade school, we decided it wasn’t safe for students to attend school today.”
Cumings is hoping the school will be open for business as usual Wednesday.
“There’s going to be a lot of clean-up by teachers,” he said. “We wish to thank parents for their cooperation in picking up students who had arrived to school. These situations are very rare and the cooperation of our parents, community and staff is greatly appreciated.”
The Howard City Police Department and Michigan State Police Lakeview Post are investigating the incident.
According to Howard City Police Chief Steve DeWitt, two larcenies occurred at the school last week, which may be related to the vandalism incident. A large stuffed moose (about 3 feet tall) and a smaller stuffed bear were stolen, along with two cases of soft drinks.
Anyone with information about the larcenies or vandalism is asked to call the Howard City Police Department at (231) 937-4311.