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School board unanimously approves drug-testing resolution

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A drug-testing program will go into effect at MCHS during the 2011-12 school year

By Stevie Lowery

The Marion County Board of Education unanimously voted Tuesday evening, March 8, to adopt a resolution for a drug-testing program at Marion County High School for the 2011-12 school year.

The next step will be for the board to form a committee to create the specific drug testing policies and procedures for Marion County High School. The Marion County Heartland Safe Community Coalition (which will be paying for the drug-testing program) proposed a random voluntary policy, but the board can decide to go another direction if it so chooses. For instance, the board can make the program be voluntary in nature, or it can target specific groups of students, such as students involved in athletics, extracurricular activities or all students that drive to school.

Board member Mike Cecil said he would like the middle schools to also be included in the drug-testing program, but that will be decided in the future after the board forms its committee and develops its policies, procedures and protocols.

Read more about this in the March 16th edition of The Lebanon Enterprise.