SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN)- The night before the start of the new school year, Clark Preparatory Academy said someone broke in and stole most of their laptops. The school said they reported the theft to the Springfield Police Department but are not optimistic they’ll get the laptops back.
Johanna Sawyer-Clausen, a teacher and parent at Clark Prep said she had to change her lesson plans because some were reliant on having the laptops.
“That had to start today. I couldn’t give an essay out that I wanted them to be able to type in Google because I didn’t have access to the computers,” Sawyer-Clausen said.
School officials suspect the thieves got in through a side door sometime Tuesday evening. The school was in the process of installing it’s security system.
“Like many schools, we struggle to find a way to make ends meet so it’s really going to be hard to replace them at this time,” Principal Stephanie Page said. “This is really a heavy blow to us. It’ll make instruction really hard in the coming days,” Page said.
Clark Preparatory Academy is a small K-7 school catering towards at-risk youth in Springfield.
“These kids, they’re already economically disadvantaged, for the most part, and then you take something away thats so integral to their education and it’s heart breaking,” Sawyer-Clausen said.
Now, she hope students won’t fall behind.
“State tests now, they’re all computer based so it’s not effective to have them write an essay out just on paper because they need to know how to type it as well,” she said.