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|Galesburg School Board Supports Random Drug Testing; New Finance Chief Introduced
|POSTED: 11:44pm 6/29/09 The Galesburg School Board is officially on board with the idea that random drug testing should be implemented among the district's students.
The District-205 Board Monday, on a four to one vote, approved supporting the formation of a random drug testing policy among Galesburg High School Students not only involved in athletics, but in any others involved in extra-curricular or co-curricular activities like plays, the speech team, and others.
The lone "no" vote came from Doctor Carl Strauch, who spoke away from a microphone in front of him, but said it wasn't up to the board to do what parents should be doing. "I'm just philosophically opposed to more micro-management by the schools," Strauch said. "We're expected to educate our students, feed them, clothe them many times, discipline them -- at some point, it's the parents' responsibility, not the school's responsibility."
District-205 board member Doctor Barry Swanson says he doesn't see why the district-shouldn't implement random drug-testing. "For us not to act is irresponsible," Swanson said. "I think it's something that's going to help kids in the long run, because I think there are times when kids, like it or not, need an excuse to not use (drugs)."
Swanson said he even thought random drug testing should include middle school students as well.
Board Members Gloria Osborn and Mike Panther were not in attendance at Monday night's meeting.
A formal set of procedures and a random drug testing policy will be voted on next month, but the board amended their support to reflect testing of illegal substances, and substances used in an illegal manner.
(Guy Cahill was introduced as the new Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operation for District 205 Monday Night. Cahill was let go from his job as controller/treasurer of Peoria School District 150 earlier this year. Cahill replaces Paul Woehlke, who becomes Superintendent of the Monmouth-Roseville School District Wednesday. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|06 30 09 by Newsroom
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