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Edmond School Board members complain about state funding

The student drug testing policy is also being revised for Edmond schools.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: November 5, 2013 at 6:49 pm •  Published: November 6, 2013

With the opening of new schools, Smith said, funds will be tight. Frontier Elementary opened this year. Heritage Elementary opens next year, and an unnamed sixth middle school will open the year after that.

Superintendent David Goin said discussions will possibly be held with state Senate Appropriations Chairman Clark Jolley.

“He is from Edmond,” Goin said.

Drug-testing policy

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.

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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If you're vocal against the grading policy, it can impact funding.”

Lori Smith,
chief financial officer

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