Pleasanton school board approves use of drug dogs 

The Pleasanton school board has signed off on a plan to use police drug-sniffing dogs to search parking lots and locker rooms at its three high schools.

The board voted 5-0 in favor of the proposal on Tuesday. But it delayed implementation until the end of February, when a policy for use of the canines is expected to be in place.

School officials say the program was sparked by a rise in drug-related suspensions and expulsions at the high schools. It will not cost the district any money.

Foothill High School alone has had 29 drug-related suspensions and expulsions this year, up from 26 all of last year.

The Contra Costa Times reports (http://bit.ly/y6UX65) that other San Francisco Bay area school districts, including Livermore, Dublin and Castro Valley, also use drug-sniffing dogs.

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Information from: Contra Costa Times, http://www.contracostatimes.com

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