The Indian Lake School Board is again considering the creation of a drug testing policy for students involved in extracurricular activities.
The board met in regular session Thursday, Jan. 21.
The 13-member ILHS Vocal Jazz Ensemble kicked off the meeting by performing two songs in honor of January as School Board Recognition Month.
Board President Mark Albright continued the discussion on the development of a drug testing policy for students to accompany the drug-abuse prevention programs already in place in the district. He said he sees a potential drug testing policy as one more reason for students to say “no” as illegal drugs continue to invade rural areas.
A board committee will work to customize a possible plan for Indian Lake Schools.
Superintendent Pat Donnell said, “I’m happy to see that the Board Policy committee will head up looking at all the policies that are out there and examining all the ways other schools handle the different aspects of those policies. The committee will then bring those ideas to the entire board so we can make a decision as to whether or not we put a policy in place and if so, what our policy may look like.”
O’Donnell said the district would seek community input on a possible drug testing policy.
During the meeting, the board approved the 2016-17 high school course booklet that includes a new robotics course with assistance from Honda Transmission Manufacturing. They also approved the purchase of two buses.
Finally, Indian Lake has missed only two calamity days so far this school year. Superintendent O’Donnell said possible make-up days are built in to the calendar on Presidents Day and surrounding spring break should the district exceed its five calamity day limit.
Submitted by the Indian Lake school board.