BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – This fall will be the first time a number of school districts in the tri-county area drug test students. Results from some of those schools have come back and one district is now looking to expand the number of students put to the test.
Student athletes at Boardman High School are the first to go through the tests. Superintendent Frank Lazzeri is satisfied with the results because not one student failed. Student drivers are also subjected to the district’s hair sample drug testing. Those results have not come back.
“We blanket test every driver before they are being issued a permit to park on our school property,” Lazzeri said. “We blanket test every athlete before their sport.”
When a student passes, he or she is put into a random pool and can be picked to re-test again. Lazzeri said the program is not a punishment but a way to help students make better decisions about their lives.
Schools testing and results:
- South Range: Urine testing, all negative.
- Crestivew: 141 athletes tested, all negative. Student drivers will be tested at the start of school.
- Struthers: Testing Aug. 20. One mandatory test then students are in a pool to be randomly selected for three more tests.
- Columbiana: Drivers and athletes tested. Preliminary tests are negative but they are awaiting final results.
In Austintown, athletes have been drug tested since the 90s, and this year the district added student drivers.
“They do have to pay a $10 fee. That does not cover all the costs of the drug testing. The board also picks up some of that,” said Austintown Superintendent Vince Colaluca.
Austintown is also looking at adding students in clubs to the list, too.
Administrators say a drug testing policy is a proactive step. If a student fails the test, there are resources for the student and family.