The Patterson Joint Unified School District will spend $3,700 for services from August of this year to June 2015 for Modesto-based Kontraband Interdiction and Detection Services (K.I.D.S.) in an effort to keep drugs off school campuses.
Shawn Posey, assistant superintendent of educational services, gave a report to the board on June 2 about the Drug Enforcement Agency-licensed canine drug-detection company that provides services to both schools and industrial businesses.
The canines and a certified team of professionals would visit middle school and high school campuses a couple of times a month.
School sites currently include Creekside Middle School, Walnut Grove School, Del Puerto High and Patterson High.
“Our main goal is not to catch kids, but keep drugs off campuses,” Posey said.
“The team will show up and search classrooms, school grounds and lockers randomly. The dogs will also hit on the e-cigarettes if non-tobacco products are in them. The purpose of this is to deter drugs from being on the campus.”
Posey told the board the district had 66 suspensions this year because of issues regarding controlled substances. This resulted in 246 days lost to suspensions.
Seven years ago, the district did not renew its contract with a canine detection unit service because of budget cutbacks. Now, the district is planning to take steps to deter drug and tobacco products from campuses that house 6th- through 12th-grade students.
Posey noted other districts that use canine units include Newman-Crows Landing, Gustine, Fresno, and Salida.
“I really want to see the number of drug-related instances stop as well as suspensions,” Posey said.
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