The Boonville R-1 School Board decided unanimously at the Wednesday night meeting to impose drug testing on students involved with extra curricular activities. The decision had to be made at this meeting so the new policies and procedures would be included in the handbook for the next school year.
Board member Gene Reardon voiced concerns over the first offense when testing positive for drugs, which calls for a 30 day suspension period from all school activities. Reardon felt this was too harsh and said for many student athletes in sports it would mean they would lose almost a third of their sporting career in the season. Board member Brenda Campbell said the committee formed of faculty, students and board members thought this first offense was not too harsh. Boonville High School Principal Jeff Brackman said much of the policy is based on what other schools are doing.
The board also decided to advertise for a drug testing company and decided they would enter into a two year contract with a company they so choose.
In other news, the Director of the Boonslick Technical Institute, Karen Brosi addressed a large concern she had just received concerning their accreditation for the adult LPN program. The current accreditation company used will no longer be in business and a window of 18 months was given so they could find a new company to be credited with. The new problem being faced is the amount of money needed to do a whole new accreditation process will be substantial and Brosi had her doubts about the whole process, even in the timely matter needed because applications are now being taken for people interested in taking the class for the next school year. Board member Jeff Lammers asked if it would be prudent to re-visit the idea of giving State Fair Community College the opportunity to take over the program. The board decided to postpone the final decision until the March meeting.
The board also decided to advertise purchase for a truck to help with snow removal and other things around the district.