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CCR-1 Board Considers Drug Testing; Middle School Math Changes

By Mike Scott

In response to a request from the members of the public, the sensitive topic of student drug testing was discussed by the CCR-1 Board of Education at their November meeting last Thursday.
Several area schools, including Scotland County, Highland and Monroe City, current require some form drug testing for students involved in extracurricular activities.
In addition to testing athletes and others involved in activities, one option discussed was to require drug testing before a school parking permit would be issued.
“The goal is to prevent drug use, not to catch someone,” said board member Dr. Matt Cormier.
No action on the matter was taken, and the board will discuss the issue further at upcoming meetings.
The board also heard a report from Middle School principal Jason Church on improving Middle School Math and Communication Arts schedules.  The plan would require more math and communication arts classes, taught at a slower pace in middle school.
“We have looked at schools that are consistently in the top 10 in MAP scores,” said Church.
“High school teachers have to help the students catch up for a semesters, especially in geometry,” added Jason Harper, High School principal.
In other business, the board:
–Heard Library/Media center reports and concerns.
–Discussed Early Childhood Program and Preschool needs.
–Approved a bid the removal of a tree on the Black Hawk playground.
–Awarded the snow removal bid to Stephen Dietrich for $50 per hour.
–Discussed MSHSAA eligibility changes