By Brenda L. Holmes
CLAYTON — School was cancelled Monday for Mill Creek Community School Corporation students as the corporation was unable to provide transportation after batteries were stolen from district school buses.
The security provider for the school corporation alerted the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department that all of the buses at the bus garage had been vandalized. This rendered the transportation department unable to run the regularly scheduled bus routes.
It is estimated that the vandalism and burglary was committed about 1 a.m. Monday. Video surveillance has provided evidence and is aiding in the investigation.
“Everybody has been so sympathetic and helpful,” Superintendent Jill Jay said. “The Mill Creek School Corporation would like to thank all the supportive parents and staff members who assisted in acting in a timely and cooperative manner. I’m so very grateful to the entire community.”
Seventeen bus batteries were stolen, ranging in weight from 70 to 186 pounds each. It appears that at least two vehicles were involved in the incident.
“We had offers of help from other districts and the community,” Jay said.
She said the company that provided the replacement batteries delivered them to the maintenance building and helped install them.
“We were up and running by the afternoon,” she said. “Everybody really pitched in and helped out. This is homecoming week and the kids are excited to be here. And we’re excited to have them back.”
Jay said the school administration is encouraging anyone with information to share it with authorities.
“We refuse to be victims,” she said. “And we want to catch these culprits.”
Sgt. Scott Larsen with the investigations division of the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department has released a photo of a vehicle believed to have been involved with the incident.
Anyone information are asked to call 745-4213.