Hed: Lee school board stands behind principals on drug searches
By Monique Harrison
Lee County School Board members agreed Tuesday to stand by principals who call the Lee County Sheriff’s Department requesting random drug searches in parking lots and locker areas.
“We don’t have to take action on this, but I think it’s safe to say we’ll stand by our principals,” said newly elected board President Ronnie Robison. “We’re glad you are on top of this situation.”
The discussion came after school board member Roy Burleson said several parents and school officials had expressed concern about the legality of such requests.
Saltillo High School Principal Johnny Green requested the assistance of Lee County sheriff’s department officials last week after hearing drugs might be found on campus.
Deputies brought drug dogs to the school to sniff out drugs in the parking lot but nothing was found, Green said.
In other business the board:
– Tabled a request to begin accepting bids on a new bus shop extension. The board agreed to hold off on bidding until after the size and other requirements of the building were discussed.
-Voted to repair an old freezer for $1,235. The freezer will be used to store surplus food.
– Voted to assign four students to an alternative school environment, following discipline problems. A Verona student was placed in In-School Suspension indefinitely. A Guntown student and a Saltillo High School student were placed in alternative school for the remainder of the year. A fourth student, who is in special education in Saltillo, was assigned to central office, where he/she will receive services for about two hours a day.