Granby " Police dog search finds no drugs at Middle Park High School
February 23, 2009
Middle Park High’s drug dog search took place Feb. 11, and no drugs were found.
“We came out clean,” said Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Marlo Klassen. “That’s the best case scenario ” to do the check and come out clean.”
However, the school had five alerts, said Principal Jane Harmon.
Four drug classifications (and their derivatives) are within the scope of the drug dog’s search: methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and marijuana. The dog makes alerts based upon odor.
If a student locker is identified by the dog but drugs are not found, it generally means that either an item in the locker possesses the odor of a drug or that an illegal substance has been previously stored in the locker, leaving residue, Harmon said.
Students do not get in trouble for the alerts, unless drugs or paraphernalia are found. If school officials find no drugs or paraphernalia in a search, the student is only notified through a notice posted inside his/her locker. This is being done to protect from false accusation or embarrassment that may otherwise occur, she said.
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Middle Park High’s goal is to have no alerts or drugs found.
“That would be the ‘perfect’ situation,” Harmon said. “No alerts would be ideal in that it would mean that there is no residual odor present; thus, we could be confident that drug use was not prevalent among our students.”
East Grand School District received good news last Tuesday.
The capital improvement fund increased $282,000. The school district’s general contractor, Neenan Co., returned $193,000 for a weather allowance it did not have to use. In addition, the district has earned $90,000 in interest.
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