SCHOOL MEETING TO FOCUS ON DRUG POLICY
November 17, 2000 11:00 pm

Parents who support or opposed the existing student drug testing policy at Brookings-Harbor schools will have the opportunity to speak their minds at Mondays school board meeting at 7 p.m.

This has been a sensitive issue for three years and its good the opponents and proponents get a chance to discuss it with the board, said Superintendent Paul Prevenas.

After taking public input, the board members will then figure how to respond to the concerns, and determine whether to review the policy, Prevenas said.

The districts drug policy has been controversial since it was implemented three years ago.

The board decided to open the issue up for discussion on Monday after parent Dannette Gwin, who opposes the policy, asked the board at the October meeting to reconsider the policy.

In other business, the board will consider the results of $14 million school bond, which was approved by voters.

The board will also discuss the formation of a citizens committee that would review and oversee the implementation of the school bond and subsequent building projects.

Chris McKay, principal at Kalmiopsis Elementary School, will give two presentations to the board. First, McKay will provide an overview of the districts new crisis response and procedures manual. The book details how school officials and personnel should respond to emergencies, Prevenas said.

McKay will also review the districts one-year old Pathways elementary after-school program, which was recently lauded by state officials. The program has been expanded significantly this year, Prevenas said.

The school board meeting will take place at 7 p.m., in the Azalea Middle School Library.