South Range schools have begun drug-testing students, specifically athletes in grades seven through 12 and students with parking permits.
Superintendent Dennis Dunham said that to his knowledge, of the 320 students tested last Friday, no tests came back with positive results. The district is using a urine test for drugs and alcohol, and the program is being paid for by two local doctors.
Those tested were athletes in fall sports, band members in grades nine through 12, and student-drivers with parking permits. Student-athletes are tested before their sport begins, and everyone else is tested before the school year begins.
Dunham said the South Range Board of Education began looking at drug-testing last fall, with five drug-testing companies making presentations at board meetings. Great Lakes Biomedical, based in Perrysburg, south of Toledo, is handling the testing.
'I think everyone recognizes that drug misuse is real serious in all communities. We're not exempt from it,' Dunham said. 'We wanted to be proactive in terms of our students and the misuse of drugs.'
Diane Krumpak, South Range High School cross-country and track-and-field head coach, said, 'I think more and more schools are going to continue to incorporate this into their curriculum and sports programs. ... [It's] another way to help kids make good decisions.'
Read more about the new program in Wednesday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.