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Shelby County Schools considers drug testing student-athletes

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In a meeting of the Shelby County School Board Thursday, March 26, the board discussed implementing drug testing for student-athletes. In a meeting of the Shelby County School Board Thursday, March 26, the board discussed implementing drug testing for student-athletes.
SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The Shelby County Public Schools Board of Education met Thursday night to discuss, among other items, the possibility of random drug testing on student-athletes.

It's a new idea for Shelby County, but Oldham County has been randomly drug testing its student-athletes for years says Dr. David Weedman with Shelby County. 

At last month's school board meeting, he was charged with researching the possibility of Shelby County doing something similar. At Thursday night's meeting, he outlined how Oldham County Schools uses its drug testing policy.

First, Weedman says all student-athletes are tested at the beginning of the respective sports season. From there, athletes are randomly chosen throughout the season to be tested.

I'm not sure that pinpointing student athletes is the best idea,” said Shelby County board member Andrew Cline, “I think it's a start.”

Cline says he'd like to see all students participating in extracurricular activities part of the possible testing procedures in Shelby County.

“By law, we need to provide an education," Cline said. "But extracurriculars, that's a privilege.”

Shelby County schools superintendent Dr. James Neihof says he hasn't seen data suggesting beginning a drug testing policy for student-athletes would lower drug use rates of all students, but he says it does give some students an option.

“It gives them a way to say no,” Neihof said, “If they wanted to say no anyhow but they felt peer pressure, they would be able to say ‘no, I can't do that because I get tested'.”

No timetable was given on the school board may vote on implementing the policy. 

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