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Tyrone board to review contract with K-9 unit

TYRONE — The Tyrone Area School Board is reviewing a contract with Logan Township’s drug-detecting K-9 police unit because language in it seems to idemnify the township and officers for injury or damage that could occur during a school search.

“As I read the contract, it was one-sided. That concerns me,” board member Randy Miles said.

The board removed the contract from its Tuesday meeting agenda and postponed the vote until December so that the school district’s solicitor could review it.

The contract waives entities for injury and personal damage.

“That includes the township, officers and so on,” Miles said during a nonvoting meeting Tuesday.

“I’m not worried about the dog. An officer can have a bad day. If taken to court, given the fact that we signed that, the officer wouldn’t be held responsible, we would be,” he said.

Superintentdent Cathy Harlow said the K-9 searches have been a deterrant for drugs. In addition, the service is free, compared to the $500 fee the district used to pay to another agency.

Mirror Staff Writer Russ O’Reilly is at 946-7435.

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