Struthers BOE approves drug testing for athletes


Beginning this fall, Struthers City Schools will implement mandatory drug testing for all student athletes in grades seven through 12.

The board of education approved the drug-testing policy as an appendix to the existing athletic department handbook at its regular meeting Tuesday, which also functioned as an open forum for community members.

“It was a long conversation, but I’m very happy that the board took a step forward,” said schools Superintendent Joseph Nohra, who added that the district will not incur any cost for the drug testing. “It’s for the health and well-being of our kids.”

Under the new policy, all students involved with any athletic extracurricular programs, including cheerleading, will be drug-tested through the Toledo-based Great Lakes Biomedical within the first two weeks of their respective seasons.

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