GATE CITY — The Scott County School Board formed a new committee Tuesday night to develop a drug testing policy for all students involved in sports and extracurricular activities.
The committee, which was approved unanimously by the board, consists of 24 members, and will have until July 2014 to submit a draft of the policy.
School board members and school system administrators said they hope to have the drug testing policy in place by the time the 2014-2015 school year begins.
Scott County Schools Superintendent John Ferguson said the policy will include not only sports, but other school activities as well.
“We aren’t singling out athletics specifically,” Ferguson said. “It will include all extracurricular activities, whether it’s sports or forensics, or band, or anything of that type.”
Both Ferguson and Scott County School Board Chairman James Kay Jessee said the policy was needed as a safety measure for students, especially in light of a recent incident involving drug use that saw several football players suspended from a game this fall.
Though the suspension of athletes brought the issue into focus, Ferguson said discussions about implementing a drug testing policy predated that incident.