Mexia ISD board tables drug testing discussion

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Mexia ISD trustees are considering a drug policy that may be unique in the state of Texas: testing all junior high and high school students.
At Monday’s regular monthly meeting, the MISD board discussed expanding the scope of its current policy, which randomly tests 40 students each month from a pool of all students participating in extra-curricular activities or who drive on campus.
Testing students in those activities is common among school districts. Testing all students, however, is not.
“I’m told by folks in legal that we are not aware of any district that tests all (students),” said Barbara Williams, public information officer for the Texas Association of School Boards. “Many districts test all extracurricular participants, which can be a majority of students in some schools.”
In June, trustee Culetta Beachum asked to see what it would take to expand the program to all students, to catch those who are not involved in campus activities, because they might “fly under the radar” and get into mischief. The board discussed expansion in July, but tabled the matter to find out what it would cost to implement.

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