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Drug tests mandatory for Boardman High School extra-curricular activities



Published: Tue, April 29, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Screening required for extracurriculars

By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK

news@vindy.com

BOARDMAN

The Boardman Board of Education adopted revisions to its drug-testing program, now mandatory for high school extracurricular activities.

The drug-testing program at Boardman High School had been voluntary until now. The new policy, adopted at the board’s meeting Monday, will require any student wanting to participate in high school extracurricular activities to be drug tested.

After the initial drug screening, students will be selected for follow-up testing on a random basis throughout the school year.

The committee looking into the idea of a mandatory drug-testing policy was made up of a cross-section of community members, said Kimberly Poma, board vice president.

“It gives the board comfort in knowing that a lot of perspectives were involved in the process,” she said. “And it’s important for our kids’ futures.”

According to the new policy, extracurricular activities are defined as those where participation is a privilege, not a right, and where students do not receive a grade. Included are parking, athletics, school dances and field trips.

Students will be required to give a 90- to 120-strand hair sample from the crown of their head for testing. Students with insufficient head hair will have body hair collected from their arm, leg or underarm.

Five drug classes — including cocaine, marijuana, opiates, methamphetamine and phencyclidine — will be tested. The test covers a period of approximately 90 days of an individual’s drug use.

The district will pay for the testing at a cost of $25,000 to $30,000 annually.

If a student tests positive in his/her initial screening, the tested student’s parent(s) will be contacted and a conference will be scheduled to discuss appropriate interventions. Any resulting penalties will be administered to the student regarding his/her participation in an extracurricular activity.

The revisions to the drug-testing policy were first discussed at the board’s March meeting and were met with support from those who attended.


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1thirtyninedollars(319 comments)posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago

With school districts crying over funding cuts and teachers underpaid. I strongly believe this money could have been spent better. Like on a teachers salary.
Not to mention, I thought this was America, not Russia. Oh excuse me no other free country in the world; even Russia has mandatory testing for it's kids in school.

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2billdog1(1804 comments)posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago

There is a solution, but parents are to stupid. Let the superintendent and the board know that you don't like it, by not letting your kid play. No football, basketball, baseball, golf, volleyball, etc... teams and they would reverse their decision. It isn't the schools business to discipline your child for what they do outside of school. It's the child's parents job to discipline the child outside of school. We all can agree some parents don't do a vary good job of it, but this is the district over stepping its purpose. As far as driving to school, that is another issue. The child is driving on school property.

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