Aaron Rex, Archbold schools superintendent, told the school board if it votes in favor of establishing a drugtesting program for AHS students, the program will be implemented in the fall.
Speaking to the board at its Tuesday, May 20 meeting, Rex said the program will cost about $5,000 to $6,000 per year, with the money coming from the general fund.
The testing program would test only students who participate in sports or other extracurricular activities.
Rex said parents can ask, or “opt in,” their students if they want them tested.
School officials won’t be given the results of students tested in the “opt in” program. Test results go to the parents, he said.
Rex said because a large percentage of Archbold students are involved in extracurricular activities, the testing pool would consist of 240 to 250 students.
He noted there are only 360 students in the school.
“That’s a pretty good portion” of the student population, he said.
Rex thought there would be three tests per season, with a random sample of 30 students each time.
A spokesman for Great Lakes Biomedical, Perrysburg, the firm Archbold officials are considering to administer and analyze tests of student urine, said students can be tested before or after school, or during the school day.
Obtaining a sample for the test takes approximately five minutes.
The drug-testing proposal was originally brought to the board in the spring of 2013.
Rex said it can give students another reason to refuse alcohol and drugs when pressured by peers to experiment.
Rex said in spite of the number of days of school missed due to harsh weather, scores on the Ohio Graduation Test were up after the last round of testing.
Michelle Bagrowski, curriculum director, was absent, but she noted test scores were up in her written report.
Based on unofficial results, 92.6% of students passed the reading portion, up from 90.7% last year.
The math passage rate was 90.4%, up from 87.3%; writing, 94.7%, up from 88%; science, 88.35%, up from 81.5%; social studies, 86.2%, up from 86.1%.
“The teachers did a find job of finding out what material they had to get in” during the shortened school year, Rex said.
Cafeteria Rates Going Up
The board approved a 25- cent increase in the price of school lunches for next school year.
A lunch for an elementary student will cost $2.20; middle school and high school, $2.45; adults, $2.45.
In the written portion of his report, Rex said he has been working with cafeteria staff on food and staffing options for next year.
“Our goal is to serve food that our students will enjoy, and also boost our percentage of participation,” he said.
“Percentage of participation” is a measure of how many students eat a school lunch, vs. how many bring their lunch from home.