District 2 School Board Approves Student Random Drug Screen Discussion Policy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Friday, 12 August 2016 12:24




The Scott County School District 2 Board of Trustees held their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, July 12, with Board Member Christy Roberts calling the meeting to order.

Melinda Sparkman provided the 2017 Budget Calendar for review and asked to adjust the board meeting dates to September 20, October 4 and 25 in order to meet time-lines for the 2017 budget adoption. The board approved.

The board approved the claims for June 20-30 and July 12 claims, along with payroll claims for June 30, as well as the monthly financial report for June 30.

The board also granted permission for the following purchases and renewals.

Formative Assessment Program Approval – NWEA and Renaissance for Grades 3-8 is $17 per student (Renaissance Place); Grades 9-12 is $11 per student (NEWA).

HPS Membership Invoice $3,045

Wilson Education Center Membership Fee for $9,906.60.

Superintendent Marc Slaton noted that the school district was in year three of a three-year deal with Edmentum and since the school is not using them for its formative assessment, but want to continue to use Study Island for grades 3-8, that the district would have an increased cost this year. Mr. Borden suggest the three-year deal which has a payment of $40,105.21, due for the last year of the 3 year deal, plus $12,502.40 for Study Island at a savings of $5,047.60. Next year's payment would be $48,722.50 per year for 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20.

Renaissance Learning Renewal is $20,148.41 for Accelerated Reader, Accelerated Math and Math Facts.

HPS Food Service Equipment for $7,907.97.

Apple Store for $11,220.

The board approved the following bids and quotes for Mulch for Lexington and Vienna-Finley Elementary School's playgrounds.

Bear Hollow - $5,077.33

Smith Creek - $6,700

Earth First - $9,142.50

The board accepted the quote from Bear Hollow.

The board then accepted the personnel recommendations:


Cindy Gibson - SHS Administrative Assistant in the Guidance Department. Superintendent Marc Slaton reported that Gibson has decided to retire after 18 years of service to the students in Scott County School District 2. He added that he was certainly said to see her leave as she has been a rock at SHS and in the Guidance Department. He thanked Mrs. Gibson and wished her much happiness in retirement. Board member Ron Moore stated that she had always been very conscientious helping the students and would be missed.


Brandon Jerrell – SMS Soccer Co-Coach, SHS Boys' Swim Coach, Girls' Swim Coach.

Debra Abbott – JES Special Ed – Severe/Moderate Aide

Melissa Hall – SMS Supervision Aide 5.5 hours

Certified Staff Recommendations

Allison Berry – Elementary Counselor

Carol Reed – SMS Social Studies Maternity Leave August 8 – November 8.

Support Staff Recommendations

Evan Bowman – SES 5.5 Hour Custodian

Jennifer McClain – SHS 4 Hour Cook

ECA Staff Recommendation

Matt Craig – Freshman Volleyball Co-Coach


Beth Hamilton from SES Ed Aide to SHS Special Education Aide.

Sally Webster from SHS Mo/MD Aide to SMS Mo/Md Aide

Whitney Mobley – SMS 8 hours Custodian (Leave 2016-17 School Year)

Professional Leave Requests

Marc Slaton – School Safety Fall Academy in Indianapolis – August 29-30

Sue Hart – Orientation to School Nutrition Management Training in Noblesville, IN, July 11-15.

Permission to Post

SHS 8 hour/198 day Administrative Assistant (Guidance Dept).

SES Ed Aide Positions (2)

SHS Mo/MD Aide

SHS Math Position – Anticipated Opening.

SMS Soccer Co-Coach

SHS Boys Swim Coach

SHS Girl Swim Coach

SES 5.5 Hour Custoian

JES Moderate/Severe Special Education Aide

SMS 5.5 Hour Supervision Aide

In other business, Superintendent Marc Slaton recommended approval of the Student Random Drug Screen Discussion Policy stating that he felt it would be a good thing for the students and the community. He stressed that the goal of the policy is to get students the help that they need. He added that the policy would need to be revisited over the course of the next year in order to assess how it is working and if any adjustments need to be made to improve upon the policy.

Board member Ron Moore asked for clarification on suspensions carrying over to the next school year. Dr. Slaton explained that if a student tests positive at the end of the year or at the end of the season, they would be required to complete community service hours equal to the number of games they would have missed due to the suspension rather than have the suspension carry over. If they do not choose to complete the community service, the suspension would carry over.

Board member Christy Roberts asked how this pertained to summer league games. Dr. Slaton responded that he did not feel that summer games necessarily carry the same weight as regular season games and the the student would most likely be assigned community service rather than suspended from summer games.

Ron Moore asked if student drivers were suspended from driving to school for 30 days and Dr. Slaton confirmed that they were suspended from driving for 30 school days, not calendar days. Ron Moore also asked about coaches not being on the review committee. Dr. Slaton said that it was discussed and determined that coaches would have an emotional attachment to such situations and that they wanted to avoid the appearance of coaches being considered biased. Ron Moore asked if the Athletic Director would be on the review committee for students participating in a school club. Dr. Slaton answered that he would not need to be involved in those determinations, however they did want to keep the other members of the review group the same to insure consistency in each case.

Ron Moore asked if there had been any research to show that these policies are beneficial. Dr. Marc Slaton stated that he had spoken to several schools who have been doing this and believe in the benefit of the program. He added that the school attorney believes it is a good policy and that it is a step in the right direction with the prevalance of drug use in today's society.

Board member Andrea Soloe stated the Board is not considering this to hurt kids, but to help them. Ron Moore added that this is not something to be taken lightly as he made the motion to approve, which was second by Mrs. Soloe and carried 3-0.




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