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Drug testing

August 15, 2012
By TOM GIAMBRONI - Staff Writer ( , Morning Journal News

LISBON - The first group of Lisbon athletes were tested for drugs under a new policy that takes effect this school year.

Superintendent Don Thompson reported at Monday's board meeting 97 high school athletes participating in fall sports were subjected to drug testing conducted last week, "and things went extremely well."

Under the policy adopted by the board in June, any high school student participating in sports is to be tested for alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, tobacco and other drugs. Students participating in other school activities will be subject to random testing, with 20 percent chosen during any testing period. Athletes are to also be included in the random testing.

Anyone who tests positive is allowed to continue participating if they enroll in a treatment/counseling program and stay clean. A third violation results in a one-year ban on participation, and a students with a fourth violation are permanently banned from participating in school activities.

The board hired Great Lakes Bio-Medical of Perrysburg in July to perform the testing, which is expected to cost about $8,000. Later at Tuesday's meeting, the board contracted with Great Lakes to do the drug testing for the district's 15 permanent and substitute bus drivers. The cost is $45 per drug test and physical.

Thompson is unaware if they received news back yet from Great Lakes if any students flunked the drug tests, although he pointed out the information is confidential.

In other business, the board:

- Approved the following volunteer coaching positions for the upcoming fall sports season: Andrew Adams, Mike Butream, Jason Congo and Todd Branmer, football; and Meredith Deichler and Corey Rhodes, cross country.

Thompson pointed out this is the first year the board has opted to reimburse school volunteers for the cost they incur in receiving state approval, which runs between $120 to $150.

- Approved the following paid coaching contracts: Kyle Bing, Bill Meek and Rich Joy, assistant football coaches; Ryan Kellison, assistant cross country coach; Annie McCullough, junior high cheerleading coach; Brian Seevers, seventh grade football coach; and Becky Wilks, eight grade volleyball coach.

The next board meeting is 5 p.m. Sept. 11.



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