Vandals hit Cortez high school

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The Cortez Police Department is still investigating an incident where vandals targeted Montezuma-Cortez High School at Seventh and Chestnut streets.

Cortez Police say the roof of the school was damaged in several areas.

The report, filed with the police department Oct. 9, estimated the damages to be between $9,100 and $16,100.

The most extensive damage was from two holes ripped open in a black roof liner over the hallway that connects to the auxiliary gymnasium. One of the holes, according to the police report, appears to be where someone tried to step on or kick it.

The second hole appears to have been made the same way but the liner ripped several feet down, exposing the roof, with estimated damage being between $5,000 to $12,000.

According to a report, the large auditorium roof access door had been bent and broken to the point that it needed to be replaced at a cost of $1,200.

In addition, the cover of two exhaust valves had been removed and some wires had been disconnected.

The police report also states a large air handler had its metal door removed and folded in half, and two of the large filters had been removed from the unit.

The damage to the unit repairs and the door is estimated to cost $2,500.

School staff have been reviewing surveillance video from the exterior of the school to determine if they could spot anyone gaining access to the roof.