Sedalia Schools Won't Drug Test Students

1 decade 3 years 6 months ago Wednesday, August 16 2006 Aug 16, 2006 Wednesday, August 16, 2006 9:11:50 PM CDT August 16, 2006 in News

The Sedalia Board of Education voted 4 to 2 earlier this month against testing students for drugs if they're in extra-curricular activities such as sports or after-school clubs.

Board member Scott Gardner voted against the tests because of potential legal problems for the district.

"Our legal counsel warned us that there will be problems with this," he said. "We're going to be facing several, probably, lawsuits or other claims against us because of this."

Gardner also said the proposed punishment, suspension, would not be effective. Other board members said testing only students in extra-curricular activities would be unfair.

Jeff Redford didn't vote because he was out of town, but he said he would have supported drug testing.

"They have all these educational programs and they don't always work," he said. "In theory, they're wonderful but in application and practicality, there's got to be a stronger deterrent."

Redford also said this might not be the end of the drug-testing discussion.

"I don't believe this issue, for our school district, is dead," he added. "I believe this issue is going to come back."

Smith-Cotton High School Principal Todd Whitney said about 500 of his 1,200 students participate in extra-curricular activities.

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