FAIRBURY – The Fairbury school board approved the addition of nicotine testing in its routine drug testing protocols at Monday night’s meeting at the 1947 building.
Superintendent Stephen Grizzle, and soon-to-be principal Derek Anderson, had been having discussions with the board on this topic over the past several months.
Anderson cites an “exponential growth” in vaping products, particularly the Juul electronic cigarette, as reasoning for implementing this testing.
“We wanted to have another preventative measure,” Anderson said. “Another way for students to maybe not succumb to peer pressure. Give them another reason to not partake in vaping or smoking, and try to make the school cleaner and safer.”
Testing for nicotine will cost Fairbury Public about an extra $900 per school year, meaning the school is spending about an extra $5 on each drug test to include nicotine.
Anderson said this testing will not affect students who are succumbed to second-hand smoke, and do not smoke themselves.
Anderson says there are plans to implement WiFi enabled sensors in bathrooms that can detect smoke or vapor, but the school is still “working out a grant to make that more feasible.”
Also from Fairbury school board
Tiffany Schoenrock was hired as the new 6-12 instrumental music teacher for 2019-20. Anne Chappell was also hired as a new junior high special education teacher.
Fairbury will also have a new assistant principal/activities director for the new school year. David Davis will take over the role previously held by Anderson. He comes from Plattsmouth, where he’s been since 2003.
Davis began his teaching career at Beatrice, beginning in 1994.
“He’s pumped to get started here,” Grizzle noted.
The school board will hold a retreat on June 24, and will have their next official meeting on July 8.
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