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Huron Schools seeking feedback on drug testing

Alissa Widman Neese • Aug 20, 2014 at 1:30 PM


Huron Schools officials continue to explore possibly drug testing students as early as next year.

They're lacking feedback, however, from key constituents: district parents, as well as other taxpayers and community stakeholders.

Less than five people attended a Tuesday evening school board meeting, the board's first gathering since announcing in July that officials were considering randomly drug testing the student body.

Only one woman spoke about the topic, which she opposed.

"If you're going to drug test the kids, drug test the teachers, and drug test anyone who walks into the building," she told board members Tuesday. 

This past spring, Huron Schools formed a task force to discuss possibly partnering with Sport Safe Testing Service Inc. to obtain its drug testing services.

The concept is still in its infancy, however, and the earliest it could be implemented is likely the start of the 2015-16 school year, district superintendent Dennis Muratori said Tuesday.

The task force must first determine how many students, as well as which student privileges — participating in sports or extracurricular activities, securing a parking pass or others — would require testing.

"No decisions have been made," Muratori said. "First, we want to continue engaging the public for their input."

Within the past month, board members submitted a list of questions about student drug testing to the district's task force, and its members will continue updating board members with information, Muratori said.

The Register has requested a copy of the list of questions board members asked the task force, which is a public record.

Want to discuss drug testing?

The next Huron school board meeting is 6 p.m. Sept. 16 in the board of education conference room at Shawnee Elementary School, 712 Cleveland Road East, Huron.

Additionally, anyone can submit emailed questions to district superintendent Dennis Muratori at askdenny@huronhs.com.

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