BOE to continue drug testing
by BY PAIGE CLINE
BY JOHN CONLEY
The Wyoming County Board of Education will continue a drug testing program for athletes at its own expense.
At a June 15 meeting, the BOE voted to continue random testing of high school athletes.
A grant funded the program for students in grades 7-12 for four years at a cost of $32,000 annually.
The grant expires on June 30.
Jeff Hylton, Director of Safety and Transportation, said testing had yielded fewer than 10 positive results during the four-year period.
The board voted unanimously to continue the program but only for high school level athletes.
Parents, teachers and students expressed concern about students who were ineligible to take Algebra I due to an online test.
The cut off test score for students wishing to take Algebra I had been increased from 57 to 80.
Teachers reported that they had straight A students who they felt would do well in Algebra I but weren't eligible to take it.
Several board members said they didn't feel the test should be the deciding factor in determining whether a child should take Algebra.
Superintendent of Schools Frank "Bucky" Blackwell said the matter would be worked on prior to the start of the next term.
At a meeting held on Monday morning, the board agreed to continue a lease on the Beartown school and approved a lease with Groundwork Wyoming County for the use of the old Itmann school building.
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