BASCOM - Hopewell-Loudon Board of Education approved the drug testing policy which is to go into effect immediately. This policy is to cover all athletes grades 7-12 for the entire calendar year of the student's athletic career.
Athletes are to receive a copy of the policy today. Signed contracts are to be returned by Nov. 20. Students and parents were notified of the policy at a sports meeting last month.
When fully implemented, all teams may be tested at the beginning of the season. Tests are able to detect alcohol within 80 hours of ingesting and synthetic drugs. The district is to cover the cost of the initial testing. If a student fails the initial test, the athlete will assume the further
The policy is to have no impact on academic progress or impede graduation. It was emphasized the policy is meant to be preventive, not punitive.
The Heritage Committee is selling Cat's Meow replicas of the old and new school buildings for $15. Order forms are available on the district's website.
Treasurer Veronica Reinhart presented changes in the contract with North Central Ohio ESC for special services.
"The increase was alarming," Reinhart said. "We're going to need to look for alternatives."
The board approved the addition to the contract for this school year.
Assistant Principal Kelly Stahl reviewed the Formative Instruction Practice professional development program in which all teachers are required to participate. This year's target is clear learning goals.
Stahl said professional development is required by the state.
Classified, supplemental contracts and classroom volunteers were approved.
Superintendent Nicole Jiran recognized students who represented Hopewell-Loudon at the Northwest Ohio Educational Technology conference.
Hometown hero James McElhatten was honored.
The board is to meet at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12.