Kermit ISD to Begin Drug Testing Students This Fall

Kermit ISD to Begin Drug Testing Students This Fall

by Justin Kree

NewsWest 9

KERMIT - Kermit ISD is spending $30,000 to test 7th through 12th grade students involved in extracurricular activities. Sports, band members and even those students who drive and park on school property will be tested. KISD Superintendent Bill Boyd says research shows teaching kids early can reduce a life of drug addiction.

"It's not a productive lifestyle. You go to Texas prison and visit with inmates or inmates who've been released and it was a direction they headed mainly because of drugs. As an educator, I don't feel very good if we don't have a deterrent," Boyd said.

The students will be tested once in the fall and once in the spring. There will be four to six random undisclosed testing days occurring throughout the school year. Boyd tells NewsWest 9 if the student tests positive then participation in their extracurricular activity will be reduced and the student will need to see a counselor.

Boyd will hold a meeting on Thursday night to answer any questions parents might have in this new decision.

"We needed a date on the calendar where everybody had a chance to come, let me present. Open things up to be as transparent as possible, " Boyd said.

Boyd tells NewsWest 9 that the community seems to be on board with the districts decision.

"I've been amazed by the support. Usually the people opposed to it is when their kids test positive," Boyd said.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 Thursday night in the Kermit High School common area.