BROWNSBURG — The school board here was busy Monday night following spring break. The resignation of board President David Ayers left a position to be filled.
Kim Armstrong was elected as the board president for the remainder of the year. Adam Brower, a local attorney was named to a school board position and also was named as their Indiana School Board Association (ISBA) Legislative and Policy Liaison.
Richard Sutton was named as the board’s secretary and Mike Runyon, who was acting school board president in lieu of Ayers’ absence, returned to his seat as vice president at-large.
The Brownsburg Community School Corporation (BCSC) also announced a canine addition to the staff. Zeus, a single purpose drug dog, was purchased using a grant from the Hendricks County Substance Abuse Task Force.
Zeus is an 18-month-old Maliherd and is not an apprehension dog. He is living with Kim Kiritschenko of the BCSC school police and explained the role the animal will have.
“We are training now about every night for two hours,” said Kiritschenko, who has had the dog for three weeks. “We do it at the Brownsburg training facility. They’ll have him find certain drugs. He already knows all the scents. He searches lockers phenomenally.”
Kiritschenko said that Zeus will be certified likely within the next week, meaning he will be able to go on calls. He has been training with an officer from the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department.
Superintendent Dr. Jim Snapp explained the desire for this type of animal on school grounds.
“We have a high school of 2,300 students, and one or two students might decide to do something silly,” he said. “If this can be a deterrent for them to bring drugs to school, our job is to keep students safe. I think if they know that we have a dog on the premises that’s capable of doing that, it’s going to be a big deterrent for our kids. That’s the main thing, we want to keep our students safe and this is a tool to do that.”