Schools Contract For Canine Sweeps

In a unanimous vote, members of the T-or-C District School Board approved a contract with Albuquerque based InterQuest Detection Canines during their regular meeting held on March 13. This action will initiate a series of unannounced sweeps for drugs, alcohol and weapons at Hot Springs High School (HSHS) and T-or-C Middle School (TCMS) over the remainder of the current semester. In a formal announcement to community members, included the legal advertisements in this edition of the Sentinel, district authorities state this effort is being made to deter both the possession and use of such contraband materials and to improve overall safety and security on the district’s secondary level campuses. The district’s statement notes the impromptu searches will periodically target parking lots, empty dressing rooms, vacant restrooms and student lockers. School district officials are encouraging anyone with questions about the program to contact administrative staff for further information. Questions may be directed to officials through the District Central Office located at 180 N. Date St., or by phoning 575-894-8166. In discussions prior to approving the aforementioned contract, Board Member Brett Smith said that while he understands the district’s obligation to protect students, he was nonetheless uncomfortable with the presence of search dogs on school campuses. Several faculty members shared statements indicating they felt the canine searches could effectively serve as a deterrent and aid in school security. Board members were told the proposed contract would only carry through the present semester and would likely include one unannounce…