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|Galesburg School Board Approves Cottage Hospital to Administer Random Drug Testing; Teachers Show Up at Meeting
|POSTED 8:28 p-m 8/17/09 The District 205 School Board has officially implemented a random drug testing program at Galesburg High School.
The board last month approved how the testing of students in athletics, extra-curricular and co-curricular activities will be carried out. Officials plan to test four students a week through a random, anonymous process. Students testing positive face sanctions.
Board members Monday night voted 5-0 to accept a proposal submitted by Galesburg Cottage Hospital to administer the program. It was the only proposal the district received. Human Resources Director Diane Van Hootegem says the price tag associated with the testing is very reasonable.
"As far as the cost, it's $25 a test and generally the school districts that I've spoken with have cost of between $30 and $50, depending on the test."
The test will be urine only. The board previously approved that a split sample be taken. The parent of a student who tests positive can request a second test within three business days, at their expense. If that test is negative, the parent will be reimbursed.
In other business, the board also approved an annual agreement between the Galesburg Area Vocational Center and Carl Sandburg College for GAVC students enrolled in dual credit courses at the college.
The board met in closed session after the regular meeting for labor negotiations. Dozens of members of the district's teachers union showed up wearing white in a show of solidarity. A second round of talks between the Galesburg Education Association, the district's negotiating team and a federal mediator is scheduled for Tuesday.
The first meeting a week ago lasted nearly ten hours and did not produce a new contract agreement. A meeting of the GEA is planned for Wednesday.
Some of the Galesburg Education Association members wearing white shirts in a show of support at Monday night's District 205 School Board meeting leave Lincoln School. The board met in closed session after the regular meeting to discuss labor negotiations.
(WGIL News Story and Photo by Mike Perry)
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