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Last updated: July 17. 2013 4:46PM - 82 Views
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BY JOHN CONLEY
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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.
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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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