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CSISD School Board Meeting Recap

Business at Tuesday’s College Station school board meeting included approving purchases at College Station and Consolidated high schools.

Two construction items at the maroon campus are $212,000 dollars in bond money to resurface the track, and $182,000 dollars in general fund money for new baseball bleachers and a press box.

On the purple campus, almost $60,000 dollars from the general fund was approved to buy furniture for portable classrooms.

Another construction project that was approved is a $135,000 dollar roof project at College Station Middle School. Funding will come from the deferred maintenance portion of the 2013 bond fund.

Three more purchases were approved involving the still under construction Wellborn Middle School. That includes more than $600,000 dollars in technology, coming from voter approved bonds in 2013 and 2015.

Board members held their third discussion about proposed random student drug testing.

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Additional information comes from CSISD:

Chief Administrative Officer Greg McIntyre made a third presentation to the board regarding the possibility of the district implementing a random drug testing program.

There are many decisions to consider before a drug-testing policy is implemented, including what grade levels, what student groups (extracurricular, students with parking permits, etc.), and what drugs to test for. Tests range from $8 to $150 per test depending on what is tested. The standard nine-panel drug test costs approximately $20 per test and includes a test for alcohol. A test for synthetic marijuana cost $40.

An example presented to the board at this month’s workshop for discussion, based off of feedback from campus administrative staff, coaches and extra-curricular sponsors, would cost the district $32,400 for the 2018-19 school year. The example included the following parameters:

• Including students grades 9-12 who are involved in any extracurricular activity or park on campus. Parents could opt to have their student entered into the pool if they do not otherwise qualify.

• One test session per month with 60 students tested per session.

• Tests would include the nine-panel test, alcohol and K-2 (synthetic marijuana).

If implemented, test results would be confidential and student privacy would be protected. The test results would be only provided to parents/guardians and designated administrators.

The program could begin as soon as the 2018-19 school year if approved by the board at a meeting later this summer.

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Posted by on May 15 2018. Filed under Featured Stories, News.
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