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Funding for drug testing in place at Medina schools

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MEDINA — The Medina County Alcohol, Drug, Addiction and Mental Health Board has once again agreed to fund drug testing at Medina High School for the 2017-18 school year.

Medina athletic director Todd Hodkey said the ADAMH Board will pay $6,000 for the program, just as it did in the inaugural year of the testing — 2016-17.

“No student funds were used for drug testing,” Assistant Superintendent Kristine Quallich told the school board Monday evening.

Hodkey said 282 tests were administered last year for a total cost of $5,358. There is $642 leftover in the coffers to be used for this year’s tests.

Each test was $19. Great Lakes Biomedical did the testing for Medina.

Hodkey said at least one athlete from each of the school’s 22 sanctioned varsity sports randomly was selected for testing. There were random dates and times selected, always at the end of the school day so they didn’t have to miss class.

There were concerns that participation might decrease if athletes had to get tested. That was anything but the case, he said.

There were 964 student-athletes in 2015-16. That number increased to 1,040 in 2016-17.

“You can see we didn’t drop in participation,” Hodkey said. “We have 528 student-athletes this fall.”

Student-athletes in grades nine through 12 are tested.

Quallich said drug testing is a preventative measure.

“Student drug-testing is just one thing we do,” she said.

There are prevention counselors at the high school and at the two middle schools. She said it’s partially funded by the Medina County Drug and Alcohol Commission.

Superintendent Aaron Sable commended Medina High Principal Jeff Harrison for helping to adopt the district’s drug policy.

Other news

  • The board voted 4-1 to approve a pay raise of $2,500 (1.82 percent) for Sable for the 2017-18 contract year, retroactive to Aug. 1.
    “I appreciate how much work he’s done,” board President Doug Eastwood said. “He’s working toward the goal of moving the district forward.”
    Board member Ron Ross voted against the measure.
    “He got a three-year deal,” Ross said. “I don’t want to tinker with it.”
    Eastwood, Tom Cahalan, Becky Parkhurst and Rob Skidmore voted for the annual raise.
  • The board approved an agreement between the school district and Medina Hospital’s Life Support Team to provide ambulance service for the 2017 home football season for the varsity, junior varsity, freshman, and seventh- and eighth-grade football games.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.



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