by Justin Kree
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.