Maize Schools Eliminate Random Drug Testing Policy

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Monday, April 29, 2013

The Maize School Board eliminated the random drug testing policy that has been in effect since 2007.

"It was a tough decision for them to make but because our resources are more limited, it's a decision that they feel is in the best interest for our student body," said Karen McDermott, director of communications for the Maize School District.

Since 2007, the program cost a total of $31,482.21.

Students from seventh to twelfth grade were subject to a random drug test if they wanted to participate in extra curricular activities.

Since the beginning of the year, McDermott said the board members heard from some students who felt the policy was unnecessary and some administrators who felt the testing was at times disruptive.

"We didn't really see the results that we thought we might see. There weren't very many positives that turned up in the random testing," said McDermott.

The district plans to continue employing canine units that detect illicit drugs on school parking lots and hallways. McDermott also said they will focus more on prevention and education activities.

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