Drug policy on table

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By SUNNY LOCKWOOD

Bret Harte Union High School District officials will discuss a new student drug testing policy when the district Board of Trustees meets in special session Monday.

Following a June study session, the board asked district Superintendent Joseph Wilimek to craft a policy. The first reading of the proposed policy will be followed by board discussion, but no action will be taken.

Wilimek said the new policy suggests conducting mandatory random testing for student athletes.

"This policy is aimed at providing for the health and safety of our student athletes," Wilimek said. He said it could also undermine peer pressure and discourage drug use campus-wide.

"It will be up to the board to decide if random testing (is best) or if all student athletes, including cheerleaders, will be tested at the start of the season," he said.

The board is also likely to approve new three-year contracts for Bret Harte High School Principal Catherine Sargent and the principal of the district's alternative programs, Timothy Miller.

Also on the agenda is discussion of reducing two classified positions and approving the 2003-2004 Agricultural Vocational Education Incentive Grant.

The annual grant pays for supplies and operating expenses for the agricultural program at Bret Harte High School.

Contact Sunny Lockwood at slockwood@uniondemocrat.com

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