GATE CITY — The Scott County School Board voted unanimously last Thursday night to form a committee that will look at the various aspects of implementing a random drug test policy for student-athletes.
The group’s two initial members — Scott County Schools Director of Personnel Jason Smith and school board member Kelly Spivey — were asked to come up with recommendations for committee members by the school board’s December meeting.
“The board has moved to establish a committee that will develop policies and procedures for randomized drug testing of student-athletes,” Smith said following Thursday’s meeting. “We’re not looking at employees or anything. Right now we’ve just been tasked with student-athletes and to also consider extracurricular activities.”
Spivey said the committee is being formed with the goal of having the drug testing policy in place by July 2014. School officials indicated Thursday that the portion of the policy pertaining to extracurricular activities could be more difficult to implement, however, due to a variety of factors.
School officials said the formation of a systemwide random drug testing policy has been an idea considered by board members and administrators for some time. Still, officials acknowledged that a recent incident involving the suspension of several Gate City High School football players for alleged drug-related activity did play a role in moving the issue to the forefront.For an expanded version of this article, please see Monday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.