Drug testing of student athletes and drivers for the start of the school year wrapped up today, as per the high school’s new mandatory drug-testing policy in effect for the 2014-15 school year.
“I will say we are extremely pleased with the results at this point,” said Jared Cardillo, Boardman High School principal. Cardillo said while many of the results are not yet back from the lab, so far no students have failed.
The policy was approved by the school board in April. It stipulates that all athletes and students who drive to school must undergo a hair test before they start their athletic season or before they can drive to school. Students are then entered into a random selection for follow-up testing that will take place throughout the school year. The policy will affect up to 700 students out of the high school’s total population of about 1500.
So far about 500 students — between 300 and 400 drivers and about 100 athletes — have been tested. Athletes participating in fall sports were tested several weeks ago, and all the results came back negative. Results from this most-recent round of testing will come back within the next few days.
Read more about the new program in Saturday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.