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Bus dispatcher's vehicle vandalized

Damage came during open house to address busing concerns

The dispatcher for Morris Community Schools shared busing system had her vehicle vandalized while she attended an open house to address the community’s busing concerns.

Just before 8:30 p.m. Thursday, police responded to Morris Community High School, where dispatcher Vicki Valentine reported she found two dent marks above the passenger door and two white paint marks on the door of her 2011 GMC Acadia, said Morris Police Chief Brent Dite on Friday.

The vehicle was parked in the school’s lot, north of the building.

Valentine reported she entered the school at about 6:10 p.m. and found the marks on her vehicle at 8:15 p.m., when she was getting ready to leave.

Morris police are investigating the incident and will look at security camera footage.

Dite said the police report listed Valentine reporting there could be a lot of suspects.

A transportation open house was held Thursday to address busing concerns with the new shared system among Morris Community High School District 101, Morris Elementary School District 54 and Saratoga School District 60C.

The school districts teamed up to use buses provided by Saratoga to save money on transportation. But the first couple weeks of school have encountered controversy with continuously late buses.

At the start of school, some students were put on wrong buses and one bus driver dropped off about 30 White Oak students at a park as opposed to their designated stops. That driver is no longer driving and will face disciplinary action at a special Saratoga School Board meeting Tuesday.

Because Valentine is the dispatcher for the system, her name has been mentioned throughout the controversy.

By press time, Valentine did not return a call seeking comment.

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