"My Town and Yours" Thoughts and Observations of Mark Lange
No big Deal
by Mark Lange,posted Aug 20 2013 6:14AM
How times change. It used to be that even a hint of drug testing for student athletes would have packed an auditorium with people concerned about the process. Last night not a soul came to the meeting concerned with the expansion of random drug testing at Vincennes Lincoln High School and the School Board approved the expansion by a 5 to 0 vote.
Now students who drive and park at the high school and students who participate in Band, Choir, and Dramatics will also be in the testing pool as well as athletes. If you've ever seen the student parking lot, about every student will be in the testing pool.
LHS administrators got approval to outsource the whole process to a local firm, from picking the random students to test, to handling the actual test collection, and delivering the results. In today's world, drug testing is a normal process that many of us must endure to even apply for jobs, so starting the students experience in high school could also be seen as just another educational experience to ready them for life.
And as Principal Steve Combs says, testing can also alert adults to problems before they get truly out of hand. It is a good move and money well spent.