Drug Testing Reinstated by Central School Board

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By Dave Freneaux

In a unanimous vote of the Central Community School Board, drug testing via urinalysis has been reinstated.  Two weeks ago, amidst controversy over the use of hair sampling as a testing method, the Board temporarily suspended all drug testing.  Having researched the issue, legal counsel advised that drug testing via hair sampling is not prohibited under state law.  The Board acted further by requiring that the written drug testing policy be reviewed and carefully updated to specifically authorize hair sampling before that method is used again in Central's public schools.  It is expected that the Board will have the revised policy to consider at its next regular meeting in two weeks.