The Norwalk-La Mirada School District has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the fire Dec. 8 at Eastwood Elementary School in La Mirada.
Three rooms, including the teacher's lounge, were gutted in the fire that caused an estimated $200,000 damage to the administration building. Several other offices in the building suffered extensive smoke and water damage. Howard Rainey, administrator of business services, said school officials are still assessing the damage to the rooms' contents.
The school board, in approving the reward in a meeting Monday, also approved an emergency resolution to award fire-damage repair contracts without advertising in order make it possible to limit the contract to two or three bidders that have experience in rehabilitation of fire-damaged structures, Rainey said.