Boardman to implement new drug testing policy

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) — Student athletes, coaches and administrators in Boardman get to see what the district’s new mandatory drug screening policy might look like.

Members of the Spartans softball team, along with coaches and school leaders, voluntarily submitted hair samples Monday night before the Boardman Board of Education meeting. The samples will be sent away to be tested under the school’s new drug screen policy.

A committee met and researched the issue for several months and recommended to the board that drug testing be mandatory and random for student athletes in grades 9 through 12, and students applying for parking permits to drive to and from school.

“This isn’t about major penalties. It’s about helping students make better personal decisions in their lives,” said Boardman Superintendent Frank Lazzeri.

“I think it’s a good idea. Because people can be conscious of what they’re doing and they are responsible for anything that they have done,” said Boardman sophomore softball player Hayley Eicher.

The Board of Education will vote at its next meeting on April 28 to implement the mandatory drug screen policy for the 2014-15 school year.

The policy can be expanded to include other extracurricular activities.

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