School To Administer Drug Tests To Staff Coaches

School To Administer Drug Tests To Staff Coaches
Posted by FoM on December 24, 1999 at 11:21:46 PT
Source: Star Tribune
Just weeks after an assistant football coach admitted giving high school students alcohol and marijuana, the Athens School Board has voted to expand its drug testing policy for teachers. Non-teaching staff coaches must now submit to drug tests as a condition for being hired, school Superintendent Mark Smits said.
The new policy also requires applicants to sign waivers for reference and criminal background checks. The change affects between 20 and 30 seasonal athletic coaches, he said. The change was adopted by the school board at its December meeting. " Even with this process, there is no 100 percent guarantee that there will be people on staff who won' t be good people, but we wanted to get something into place to try, " Smits said this week. In November, Robb Knauf, 19, was charged with five counts of contributing to the delinquency of minors. He was an assistant coach for the Athens varsity football team and the defensive coach for the freshman team last season, court records said. Knauf was accused of smoking marijuana with other teens and hosting at least one teen drinking party at his Athens home, the criminal complaint said. Knauf is no longer employed by the district, Smits said. Until the revisions in school district policy, only new teachers and administrators submitted to a drug test as a condition for being hired, Smits said. Adding seasonal coaches and substitute teachers to the list addresses an " expectation by the community that we put good people in place, " he said. Published: December 24, 1999 Copyright 1999. Copyright 1999 Associated Press. 
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Comment #1 posted by Chris Campbell on December 24, 1999
 at 20:25:22 PT:
Good people
Who says that people who drink alcohol and smoke pot are not good people? I would certainly not define someone who would give teens intoxicants as a good person, but drug tests don't test for whether or not you provide others with these substances, they only test for what you consume yourself.The people who run this schoolboard are obviously quite ignorant.
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