Superintendent David Goin said discussions will possibly be held with state Senate Appropriations Chairman Clark Jolley.
“He is from Edmond,” Goin said.
The district's drug testing policy was revisited Monday, a month after parent Leslie Petrie complained to the board. She was not pleased that her daughter was dropped from a debate class after she refused to sign a drug-testing consent form.
The board implemented the policy during the spring semester. In September, the student, then a sophomore at Edmond North High School, agreed not to participate in extracurricular activities of debate. She wanted to continue the class and do other assignments to make up for not participating in team competition. She has since left North and is being homeschooled.
The board updated the language to indicate that students who refuse to take the drug test should be barred from “interscholastic competitions,” and not “any activities,” as had been the original wording.
While reviewing the policy, board member Kathleen Duncan asked district staff to possibly be more flexible when it comes to students who fail the test. The policy calls for those students and their parents or guardians to assume the cost of future testing and counseling.
Susan Parks-Schlepp, district information officer, said the schools pay the initial $32 cost for testing each student.
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