June 28, 2016

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Cloverleaf board mulls random drug testing for students in activities

Cloverleaf school board members discussed Monday the possibility of random drug tests for students involved in extracurricular activities.

John Gladden, the district’s community information coordinator, said the idea of having a drug-testing policy for students was suggested by Medina County sheriff’s Deputy Dave Pries and Garth Gucker, a high school cross country coach.

“They looked at this as a possible prevention tool to help prevent drug abuse at our schools,” Gladden said.

Superintendent Daryl Kubilus said the board has not made a decision yet and is only studying the possibility of adopting a policy.

“It is not something the board has decided to do,” he said.

If Cloverleaf institutes drug testing, it wouldn’t be the first district in Medina County. Highland requires all student athletes to participate in a drug-testing program. Brunswick began a random testing program of students in all extracurricular activities in the 2010-11 school year.

Several Cloverleaf board members also expressed interest in collecting information from other districts in the area that have similar policies, including Highland and Norwayne.

Gladden said the board would not be able to implement a policy within the year because time is needed to reach out to the community for opinions on it, to question law enforcement about procedures, and to research and question companies that would do the testing.

“What we really need is to really do a huge reach-out to our community and really make sure we know how they feel about it before we move ahead whatsoever,” Gladden said.

Kubilus said he’s already heard from two residents about concerns they had with a drug-testing policy.

“When we announced the drug testing, I received two phone calls the very next day,” he said.

Gladden said the district will reach out to the community on its website and Facebook page.

Contact reporter Katie Anderson at (330) 721-4012 or kanderson@medina-gazette.com.

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Katie Anderson covers Medina County government and the city of Wadsworth. She has been with The Gazette since July 2014. Contact her at (330) 721-4012 or via email at kanderson@medina-gazette.com.