Texas school district to spend $30,000 per year on drug testing
The school board for Manor Independent School District has voted to begin drug testing their students next year and they “anticipate marijuana to be the biggest threat.”
Officials expect to spend between $25,000 and $30,000 per year on the drug testing program, even as schools around Texas struggle to obtain enough money for education.
Superintendent Kevin Brackmeyer said the district is waiting on results of an anonymous student survey to find out what drugs students are most likely to use or be pressured to use. The district hopes by randomly drug testing students it will provide a way for students to say “no.”
KXAN reports that the Elgin Independent School District has been randomly drug testing middle and high school students in extracurricular activities since 2010.
Assistant Superintendent Dr. Peter Perez said about 20 students tested positive last school year, all for marijuana.
The Georgetown Independent School District drug tests a random pool of high school students nine times a year who participate in UIL activities, athletics and fine arts. The number of positive tests is in the single digits each year at their two high schools.
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