A policy to govern how Greenfield schools handle student drug testing set to begin in the fall was adopted by the Greenfield Exempted Village School District Board of Education at its Monday meeting.
The drug testing will be randomly performed on middle school and high school students involved in extracurricular activities, as previously reported.
According to Supt. Joe Wills, because Greenfield schools are public, the law prohibits the drug testing of all students. However, Wills said, the policy adopted Monday includes an opt-in option for parents of students who are not involved in any extracurricular activities but are interested in their child being drug tested. Wills said administrators and staff are working on a possible incentive program for those students.
With the adoption of the policy, next comes parent meetings and “getting the word out,” according to Wills, so that there is plenty of time for those with questions to ask them.
As previously reported, in March Kyle Prueter, owner of Great Lakes Biomedical out of Perrysburg, spoke to the board about his company’s student drug testing, explaining that it wasn’t meant to be “a gotcha program,” but is geared toward prevention. The board will contract with Great Lakes Biomedical for the drug testing.
In other business, Wills reported that members of the middle school’s Quiz Bowl team will be traveling to Chicago to compete after a recent win that qualified them for the junior national competition. The board approved the out-of-state trip for the team, which is set for June.
Wills announced that McClain teacher Hayley Lovett has been chosen to receive the Exceptional Achievement Award for her work with special needs students.
Lovett was nominated by Greenfield schools. Wills said representatives of region 14 of the Educational Service Center, comprising Highland, Adams, Brown, Clinton, and Fayette counties, chose Lovett to receive the award.
Recommendations for employment as approved by the board of education are as follows: Jean Little, continuing contract, Greenfield Elementary; Patricia McGuire, continuing contract, Buckskin Elementary; Ella Weaver, continuing contract, Rainsboro Elementary; Alanna Eikenberry, continuing contract, middle school; Angie Barber, continuing contract, high school; Julia Fryman, certified substitute; Matthew Bryant, bus driver; and David LeMaster, custodian.
The next regular meeting of the Greenfield Exempted Village School District Board of Education is scheduled for May 23 at 7 p.m. at the central office boardroom. The meetings are open to the public.
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