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Umatilla School Board Considers Random Drug Tests

School board members in Umatilla are weighing whether to start random drug testing at the city’s high school.

The Hermiston Herald reports that school officials think the testing could discourage kids from using drugs and prevent future problems.

During the past school year, the high school had only one drug-related incident on campus, involving marijuana.

Umatilla Superintendent Heidi Sipe says students participating in both athletics and school clubs would be subject to testing.

School board members say they want to know more about the benefits of random drug tests and the cost of testing.

A Portland-based drug-testing facility says it would cost about $10,000  a year to run the program in Hermiston.

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