MISD may broaden drug testing student pool

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By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Mexia ISD may begin random drug tests from among all high school students, not just those in extracurricular activities or who drive on campus.

At the MISD board’s June 17 regular monthly meeting, trustees followed up on a request by board member Culetta Beachum to see what it would take to expand the program to all students.

Once, the district tested all students in extracurricular activities or who drive on campus at the beginning of the year, then had the testing company choose random students to test throughout the year. Budget cuts eliminated testing all students, and now only random tests from among the pool of between 100 and 150 are made at the high school level, and among junior high students who take part in UIL competitions.

After Superintendent Sharon Ross briefed trustees on the history of drug testing in the district, Finance Director James Slater explained that if the same number of students are randomly tested each time, the cost would not change if the pool of students was increased to the full 300 or so high school students.