During the 2018-19 school year, the Mooresville Graded School District’s drug testing program tested 211 students at Mooresville Middle and Mooresville High schools with four students testing positive for an illegal drug.
MGSD Chief Operations Officer Michael Royal told the MGSD Board of Education Tuesday during its monthly meeting each of the four students who tested positive for illegal drugs attended Mooresville High School. Students are required to give a urine sample if they are randomly selected under the district’s new “Random, Suspicionless Drug Testing Program.”
District policy says students in middle or high school who wish to participate in athletic or voluntary, extra-curricular programs or have on-campus parking privileges must consent to the drug testing. The school district has partnered with a contracted test administrator who has a medical review officer on staff to conduct the collection, analysis and data review.
The 2018-19 school year was the first year the program was implemented. At the end of each school year, Royal said an annual report of the program will be given.
Of the 211 students selected for testing, 107 were female and 104 were male, Royal said. Nearly 79 percent of the students selected were white, 14 percent black, 5 percent Hispanic and 1.5 percent Asian, he said.
The school district had budgeted about $10,000 for the program but only spent $6,119 this year, Royal said. That amount could change as more students are tested next year, officials said. “Our plan is to continue that at at least this level next year,” said MGSD Superintendent Stephen Mauney.
Todd Black, MGSD assistant superintendent of secondary education and CTE, told the board about the new WEB program being implemented this summer and school year at Mooresville Middle School. Fifty-three hand-selected rising eighth-grade students will lead the “Where Everybody Belongs” program to serve as trained mentors for new seventh-grade students to help them transition from sixth grade to seventh grade, Black said. The WEB program also serves as a bullying prevention program because program mentors will be on the lookout for things to report during the school year, he said.
The Board of Education approved an interim budget for the 2019-20 school year at the request of MGSD Chief Financial Officer Terry Haas. The interim budget will cover the payment of salaries and usual, ordinary expenses for the interval between the beginning of the fiscal year July 1, 2019 until the district’s budget resolution is adopted.
Haas is waiting for the state general assembly to pass its budget with included funding for MGSD to complete the school district’s proposed 2019-20 school year budget. Last year, the 2018-19 school year budget totaled $59.9 million after all funding sources came in. State law says the school district has until Oct. 15 to pass the budget, Haas said.
The Board of Education also approved the district’s supplemental tax rate to remain at 18.5 cents per $100 assessment.
The Board of Education recognized the 2019 Mooresville High School Varsity Baseball team for winning the IMECK Conference Championship. This is the first state championship for the high school baseball program.
Also recognized Tuesday were 14 retiring teachers, custodians, technicians and bus drivers with a combined 250 years of service and experience.
The Board of Education presented Jennifer Estrada, a teacher assistant at Park View Elementary School with the “Above and Beyond the Call of Duty” award for always being willing to help administration and classroom teachers with student support.