Alaska District Might Cut Drug Testing

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A mandatory drug testing program for Juneau's high school students involved in extra-curricular activities might end in an effort to save the district money.

Eliminating the three-year-old program is one of a handful of cuts the Juneau School District has proposed to reduce spending by about $1.75 million in 2014.

"It's disappointing that any time there are budget cuts, some of the first things that get attacked are extra-curricular activities, elective classes, things like that," said Robert Casperson, coach of the Juneau-Douglas High School boys' basketball team.

Drug testing costs the school $45,475 a year. While that makes up a small percentage of the school's annual budget, it's also equal to about half the cost of employing a teacher, according to the Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich.

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