Drug testing is set to begin at Boardman High School next year


BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) — Students at one area high school have good chance they’ll be tested for drugs starting next school year.

WKBN 27 First News reporter Matt Horn learned about the new drug testing program for Boardman.

Starting next school year at least six in ten high school students will be tested for drugs at Boardman High School.

“We want to help make better decisions in their life,” said Boardman Schools Superintendent Frank Lazzeri.

Boardman Schools superintendent Frank Lazzeri tells me all student athletes and those who drive to school will be required to take the drug test. All athletes will be required to take the tests at the beginning of each sports season.

“We’re going to give them an excuse not to take drugs,” said Lazzeri.

The school already has a volunteer drug testing program.

“In the last three years since our volunteer program has been in place it has been an complete failure because not one parent has signed their child to be drug tested” said Lazzeri.

George Statler has been the driving force behind the newly established mandatory drug testing policy at B-H-S. He says there have been mixed reactions to the new policies.

“There is always a concern over privacy and how its going to work and the type of testing going to be used,” said George Statler, Boardman School Drug Testing Policy Committee

If a student tests positive for drugs — they will be banned from participating in sports until they are able to test negative. The first test will be paid for by the school — all other tests will be paid for by the student’s parents.

“The money we spend now will save money 10 fold or 100 fold down the line,” said Statler.

The drug testing is estimated to cost the school around $35,000 dollars a year.

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