Copper thieves hit charter school, donations needed

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Repairs are going on this week at Omega Academy Schools, a charter school in Glendale.

“Our AC’s were stolen by thieves obviously and they took 30 of our units,” said principal Eric Pawlack.
Pawlack suspects copper thieves hit the school a few months ago.

“Right now we're in the process of replacing them. We will be up and running when school starts on the 20th of August,” said Pawlack.

The principal said the repairs will cost the school $80,000.

The units were not insured because Pawlack said that was too expensive.

The school is paying to have some of the units replaced, but it’s hurting the bottom line.

“It affects us greatly because we're not able to put that money into school supplies,” said Pawlack.

Alarms and locks will now be placed on all of the new units.

If you would like to help the school, they are holding a fundraiser on Aug. 18. 

Show up at the school from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the cafeteria at Omega Academy Schools at 8632 W. Northern Ave., Glendale, Ariz. 85305. 

Donations will be accepted through the Instant Barter website. Booths are available for just $100, cash or trade.

For additional information, contact Ana Hawk at or by telephone at 602.828.9088.