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Drug testing, renovations dominate school board agenda


Drug testing, renovations dominate school board agenda
Proposed Poth ISD 10-year master plan. See download below for the master plan in PDF format.


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November 20, 2013
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POTH -- The board of trustees for the Poth Independent School District continues to weigh its options related to student drug testing. During the board’s Nov. 11 meeting, Billy Schott and Ron Davis of Houston-based Forward Edge Inc., a company that provides that service for schools and other governmental entities, gave a presentation.

Schott gave examples of various U.S. Supreme Court decisions that have broadened a school’s authority to test its students for illegal drugs, including the 2002 Pottawatomie County v. Earls case. In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled to allow random drug tests for all middle school and high school students who wished to participate in competitive, extracurricular activities.

Superintendent Scott Caloss said he wants the board to set a date when it can establish a drug-testing policy.

Also during the meeting, Caloss gave an update on the district’s 10-year facilities master plan. With regard to Poth High School, he said adding on to the existing structure, located on Dickson Street between Schneider and Griffith streets, could add $500,000 to the project’s price tag -- which is yet unknown. This is because the existing school building would have to be renovated, according to current building codes. Therefore, Caloss recommends the board approve erecting a structure alongside the building.

Additional components of the high school’s part of the facilities plan include added space for athletics and vocational instruction, as well as added classrooms.

There also are plans for additions to the Poth Middle School and the Poth Elementary School. (See graphic/PDF for more.)

Caloss said following the meeting that Poth ISD is in the process of completing a facilities study, which will prioritize the various projects. The report should be complete by the Dec. 9 board meeting.

Poth Independent School District board of trustees, Nov. 11 meeting. In attendance: Board members Wade Harris, Liz Clancy-Hrna, Wesley West, Darren Wiatrek, and Laurie Sekula; Superintendent Scott Caloss, Superintendent’s Secretary Mary Raabe, Poth High School Principal Frank Hosek, Poth Junior High School Principal Todd Pawelek, and Poth Elementary School Principal Laura Kroll.
 

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newguyntown  
floresville  
November 20, 2013 4:52pm
 
thanks William, but establish is different from create,, has a policy already been created and formulated only needing to be established/implemented ? stakeholders should be given access for comment before anything formally ... More ›

 
William J. Gibbs Jr.  
WCN  
November 20, 2013 4:16pm
 
Newguyntown, the third paragraph of the article reads, Superintendent Scott Caloss said he wants the board to set a date when it can establish a drug-testing policy." A formal policy is under development. Be sure to ... More ›

 
newguyntown  
floresville  
November 20, 2013 4:04pm
 
What are the facts of the program... we have seen several times in the paper the in intention to institute a policy but what is the policy ? is there a copy available for viewing which spells out exactly the procedures, the ... More ›

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