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Drug screening expanded to Austintown school employees

Published: Thu, February 20, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report


Austintown Local School District will now require any person chosen for employment by the district to be drug tested at the employee’s cost.

These employees will go through the interview process and will be selected for employment after a drug test comes back negative, schools Superintendent Vince Colaluca said.

The board of education is reviewing the possibility of drug-testing students who have parking permits starting next year. The district randomly drug tests five student athletes a week. Colaluca said the district has tested athletes since the 1990s.

“Over the years, we have changed how we have done it,” he said.

There is a program in place to get students help after failing a drug test.

The drug testing takes place at a ValleyCare school clinic.

Prospective employees will be asked to pay $22 for the drug test. An employee will not be hired if he or she fails the test and will be offered program options.


1zz3(931 comments)posted 6 months, 4 weeks ago

They need to drug test the mothers coming to pick their kids up. If you have ever watched the scramble you would know what I mean. Waiting for someone to get run over. But who cares about that Colaluca?

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2stuckinytown(18 comments)posted 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Does the school district also drug test all current school employees including the teachers, administrators, maintenance, custodians, bus drivers, kitchen workers, etc?

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3zz3(931 comments)posted 5 months ago

thank god they don't have to pick up their kids there

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4AnotherAverageCitizen(1174 comments)posted 5 months ago

If the students are tested, so should the faculty and administration.

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