Vallejo, Calif., Schools Hire New Security Firm

State Administrator Richard Damelio is hiring a new private security firm to watch over Vallejo schools and grounds at night, on weekends and holidays.

The move comes as schools recover from a recent spate of vandalism.

The district has not been without night security. The contract for the service is put out to bid periodically, district spokeswoman Tish Busselle said.

Service Pro Security, Inc. will be paid $172,439.90 next year, according to a report submitted to the school board. The district used a different firm last year, Busselle said.

School board members will review the hiring at their 5 p.m. Wednesday meeting at 211 Valle Vista Avenue.

Last week, vandals caused an estimated $50,000 in damages after setting afire a portable bathroom at Cave Elementary School. The blaze spread to a utility room and the newly renovated multi-purpose room.

Cave's vandalism followed a vandalism attack at Jesse Bethel High School where 10 classrooms were trashed, causing about $3,000 in damages. Two classroom pets were also killed. Glen Cove Elementary was also recently vandalized.

District staff asked Damelio's approval to go out to bid in the spring.