Drug tests OK'd

Hayden High to put students to the test

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— The Hayden Board of Education unanimously app-roved a policy Wednesday night that will require any Hayden High School student who wants to leave campus during school hours to submit to random drug testing.

The idea was developed and proposed in June by the parent-teacher group, the School Improvement Team, after Hayden High School Principal Nick Schafer reported there was a problem with drug abuse, particularly with marijuana. Two students were caught last school year with marijuana and several more are suspected users, Schafer said.

One person spoke out against the policy. Tami Green said she opposed the school policing students instead of educating them about the effects and ramifications of drug use.

"I want to know: What are the consequences, and what happens if a parent refuses to consent to have their child tested?" Green asked.

School Board President Kurt Frentress told her to direct her question to Schafer since the decision already had been made that the board would proceed to approve the policy, because it was the third and final reading of the policy.

In other business:

n School District Transportation Director Darren Zehner discussed with the School Board the operation of coal trucks on Twentymile Road during school bus route times. He said that in the past, coal trucks from Twentymile Coal Co. did not drive during bus route times, but they have increased business and would like to drive trucks throughout the day. To compensate, Twentymile suggested they would improve the road and possibly build pullouts on the side of the road at bus stops. Another option suggested was that Twentymile could implement an electronic system that would tell drivers that a school bus is on the route.

n At the request of the School Board, Athletics Director Kevin Kleckler researched what other school districts paid for athletic fees and happily reported that Hayden is the only school in the Northwest Colorado area that does not require athletic fees of any kind. "Other districts can't believe it," Kleckler said. "We're very fortunate."

n Kleckler also reported the possibility of raising money for athletics through corporate sponsorship. He said that corporations such as Pepsi or Coca-Cola have paid up to $25,000 at other districts for scoreboards, equipment or uniforms, to have their name or logo featured on the donated item or items. Kleckler said he could create a donation wish list for the athletic department and present it to the School Board later.

-- To reach Nick Foster call 871-4204

or e-mail nfoster@steamboatpilot.com

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