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RTHS officials move forward in drug testing program this fall

Officials at Rochelle Township High School are moving forward in their 1st drug testing program for students in extracurricular activities. This would include athletes in the sports programs.

The cost for the drug testing program will be $8,650 a year as RTHS will work with Rochelle Community Hospital. There will be 12 tests done randomly per week for 36 weeks done by RCH. Drug and alcohol counseling will be part of the program if the student tests positive.

RTHS plans to contribute $10,000 for the marketing plan for the city. The goal is to attract more residents to the Hub City.

The final proposal is expected to be approved by the board next month.

The board approved the resignation of Kristine Zieman as a math teacher. They also hired Lindsay Nauman for the same teaching position.

School officials also approved some changes in the emergency plan for the district. RTHS Superintendent Jamie Craven said that most of the changes involve inside the building which includes additional security cameras.

The FFA also plans to farm 19 acres near Lake Sule at no lease from the park district. This is a 5-year agreement.


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