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|District-205 Considers Random Drug Testing; New Finance Chief Hired; New Board Member Seated
|Officials with the Galesburg School District will soon be seeking input on whether or not it should begin something other area districts are already doing.
The Galesburg School Board Monday night okayed moving forward with the process of seeking input on a proposed policy change that would implement random drug testing.
A committee has been meeting over the last several weeks discussing the matter, and District-205 Human Resources Director Diane Van Hootegem says there are a couple of reasons the discussion is even taking place.
"We reviewed data from the 2008 Illinois Youth Survey, which showed that 71-percent of seniors annually consumed alcohol," Van Hootegem said. "33-percent of those seniors annually used marijuana."
What's more, Van Hootegem says the committee has heard from an instructor at Carl Sandburg College, who said he was concerned about what his students were telling him about Galesburg High School students.
The surveys will be given to GHS seniors, current eighth graders, coaches, and parents of athletes, and are expected to be discussed when the committee meets again in two weeks.
The District-205 board Monday night also formally welcomed Rick Welty to the board, replacing Mike Nelson after April's election. Robert Lindstrom was elected as board president, Deborah Harrison as Vice-President, and Gloria Osborn as secretary.
Board members also approved the hiring of Guy Cahill to replace Paul Woehlke as Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations. Cahill has most recently been Controller-Treasurer of the Peoria School District, and will make $111,000 a year to replace Woehlke, who's becoming superintendent of the Monmouth-Roseville School District.
(District-205 Attorney Tom West, left, administers the oath of office to board members Robert Lindstrom, Barry Swanson, and Rick Welty. Lindstrom and Swanson each won another term on the boad in April's election, while Welty won his first term. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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