Carey board OKs drug testing

By JIM MAURER
STAFF WRITER
CAREY — Great Lakes Biomedical, Perrysburg, will provide on-site drug testing of Carey students in grades 7-12, effective with the 2014-15 school year.
Carey school board approved a resolution Monday authorizing the contract and includes a maximum payment of $10,000 annually for the service.
A committee will be formed to establish a policy for the testing program.
Anyone involved in sports, extracurricular activities or who requests a parking pass for school property will be tested, which will cover about 90-95 percent of the nearly 480 students in the six grades.
Participants in sports would be tested at the beginning of each season, junior/senior high school Principal Peter Cole said after the board meeting. Students would also be subject to random testing.
The purpose is not to penalize, although there would be consequences for a failed test, but to keep students “healthy and safe,” Cole said. “We want to make it a preventive measure and get them into counseling and rehab” if necessary.
About 50 schools in the area drug-test students, including New Riegel, McComb and Liberty-Benton, Cole said.
The board discussed the issue last May, but took no action.
Separately, the board approved an agreement with W.A.T.C.H. TV, Lima, for use of equipment installed in the district and previously used by the company. The company provides cable television and Internet access service to subscribers.
The district will receive $10,000 per year from October through October 2016, Superintendent Mike Wank said. The district had an annual agreement since the 1990s with the company, which paid $2,500 annually. But over the past two years, the issue has been in litigation because the company had not paid school districts.
Separately, the board approved the retirements of Susan Cupples, library media specialist, and Barbara Schnelle, home economics teacher, both effective July 1. Also, the board accepted the resignation of Katie Fazekas, health and physical education teacher, effective March 12.
The board held a nearly 40-minute executive session at the beginning of the meeting for the stated purpose of discussing teacher, non-teacher and administrative contracts.
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