East BOE to discuss drug testing

Board considers potential policy to conduct student drug screens

By Melanie Yingst - [email protected]

CASSTOWN — The Miami East Local Schools board of education will discuss drug testing students at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday.

The district’s May agenda notes on its information and discussion items “Great Lakes Biomedical School Drug Testing Program. The District would like to explore the feasibility of a trial year implementation of an on-site drug-testing program. Research has shown that random student drug testing is a powerful prevention and intervention tool for parents and students.”

“The reason it has come about is just that more districts are doing it, so I’m curious to see if our board needs to explore doing that,” said Miami East Local Schools Superintendent Dr. Todd Rappold on Friday. “Just curious of the board’s opinion and collect a little more information and check with some of the other district to see if has been a good tool or not and go from there.”

Rappold noted Covington Schools, West Liberty High School and Southeast districts have passed student drug test policies recently.

In February 2015, Covington Exempted Village Schools board of education passed a policy to randomly drug test students in grades 7-12 who participate in extracurricular activities and use school parking passes. The policy states the district must have parental consent to drug test the student, which is legal in Ohio.

Dr. Rappold said the drug test discussion was not prompted by any recent event and the district’s sheriff’s office K-9 drug sweeps have all come back clean in recent years.

The board of education meeting begins at 7 p.m. Monday at the high school’s lecture hall. For more information, visit www.miamieast.k12.oh.us

Board considers potential policy to conduct student drug screens

By Melanie Yingst

[email protected]

Reach Melanie Yingst at [email protected]

Reach Melanie Yingst at [email protected]

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