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Grant will pay for HCS student drug screening

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Brown Street Alternative Center to offer new program

By Kelly Cantrall

Hardin County Schools is adding an extra service for students found to be using drugs.

The HCS board approved a drug screening program for students who have been assigned to Brown Street Alternative Education Center because of a violation of the district’s drug policy.

Students found in possession of, using or under the influence of a controlled substance will attend Brown Street at least four weeks. Those students are tested at some point while there for continued drug use.

The program is funded through a $1 million grant Brown Street received for a variety of uses from the Department of Defense Education Activity. It’s estimated to cost about $1,000 per year.

Drug tests are to inform parents of possible continued drug use by their children, said Bobby Lewis, associate superintendent for student services.

Students will return to their home schools, but parents will be asked if they want their children to continue counseling services provided while at Brown Street, Community Relations Director John Wright said.

The program was approved unanimously at Thursday’s meeting without discussion among board members.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.