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Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 5:48 am, Fri Oct 28, 2011.

Two Lodi Unified School District schools reported a master key lost or stolen this week, which will cost the district a bundle to re-key the campuses.

At Bear Creek High School, where a grand master key was possibly taken from a vehicle, the price tag will run from between $15,000 to $20,000. For Delta Sierra Middle School, the key lost was not a grand master key, so it will cost significantly less (under $5,000) to rekey the few doors it unlocked.

In an organization with 3,500 employees, losing keys is almost an expectation.

“This is so not an unusual occurrence,” said Art Hand, assistant superintendent of facilities. It’s uncommon for keys to be lost back-to-back and at multiple sites, but the district actually has a budget set aside to deal with the problem.

Still, the casual system currently in place to track keys isn’t enough, said Hand. The department is working on new protocols to track master keys, which it will present to the board of trustees at Tuesday’s meeting.

Contact reporter Sara Jane Pohlman at sarap@lodinews.com.

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