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Drug Testing Input Sought Monday Night

Board of education has asked residents to speak up about the subject at meetings.

Residents will have another opportunity to weigh in on the school district's random drug testing policy on Monday night.

The board will be holding its regular meeting at Auten Road Intermediate School, the public portion scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

It will serve as yet another opportunity for parents to give their input on the random drug testing policy, something the Board of Education has been asking for since July.

The board that month postponed a vote on whether to abolish the policy, opting to table the measure in order to receive more input from the public. The controversial issue again split the board, with some favoring the abolition of the policy and others saying it is another weapon in “the war against drug use.”

During the BOE's meeting in late August, only one resident came to speak on the subject, and that was former school board vice president Marc Rosenberg.

In early July, the board’s Education Committee voted to recommend to the whole board to abolish the policy.

But the board tabled a vote on ending the policy after members failed to reach a consensus and decided more input from parents was needed. Meetings have allotted time to the subject since.

The board has tentatively scheduled a vote on the policy’s future in October.

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