A drug dog will patrol the halls of the Hall County School District beginning next school year.
The district announced its plans for the dog, which was part of a $50,000 budget request to keep drugs out of county schools, on Thursday.
The drug-sniffing dog would be owned by the school system, according to the announcement from district spokesman Gordon Higgins. The dog will cost an estimated $15,000, according to Higgins, including the cost of the animal, its training, equipment and food. Veterinary services are being donated.
Hall County School District Superintendent Will Schofield said the system will “tirelessly do all that is within our abilities to keep our community’s girls and boys safe, seeking every resource possible to keep the scourge of illegal drugs out of our schools.”
The dog would be able to patrol the county’s middle and high schools on an almost daily basis, the announcement states. The money also will pay for the expansion of anonymous tip lines and undercover operations.