Random Drug Testing for Normangee ISD

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Another area school district takes a look at whether or not random drug testing should be implemented. Normangee ISD is considering the measure.

"Our community has been discussing this for the past two or three years," said Normangee's school superintendent, Gary Adams.

Adams and all the members of the school board agree that it's time to look at starting random drug testing in the district.

“Obviously we want to do this for our student's safety. We're concerned just like any community is concerned about drugs and how they impact our students here at school," said Adams.

The district is considering testing for drugs, alcohol, and maybe even tobacco use for all students involved in extra curricular activities in grades 7th through 12th. This includes athletics, cheerleading, and UIL academics.

Most Normangee parents say they support the idea of random drug testing and see it as another way to keep an eye on what their kids are doing

“I think it's a good thing. If there are drugs in the school or anything, I think they need to be testing these kids because it's for their benefits," said parent Susan Aguirre.

Even some students would like to see drug testing policies in place.

“I approve of it. I think it's a very good thing. I play three sports. If you do drugs and alcohol, you're going to let your teammates down," said senior Drew Whitesell.

The board will consider three proposals at its next meeting which will outline procedures for testing and possible punishments for testing positive.

Normangee residents are welcome to make comments at the October 10 school board meeting. If the board does approve a plan for random drug screenings, it would likely take effect in January '06.