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Wednesday, June 7, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Drug-testing plan on June 15 agenda

Lake Stevens

Details of a drug-testing program set to begin in the fall at Lake Stevens High School will be discussed from 4 to 7 p.m. June 15 at district headquarters, 12309 22nd St. N.E.

The public may comment beginning at 6 p.m.

A committee made up of a School Board member, district administrators, intervention specialists, athletic coaches and parents will recommend guidelines for the program to Superintendent Dave Burgess sometime in summer.

The School Board last month directed Burgess to develop and implement a random drug-testing program for students involved in sports and other after-school activities.

Lake Stevens would become the first Snohomish County school to implement random student drug tests.

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing two other Washington school districts over similar programs, saying they violate state constitutional guarantees of privacy. Those cases have not yet been heard by the courts.

Lake Stevens

District won't buy building after all

The Lake Stevens School District's plan to purchase the former Agilent office building west of Highway 9 collapsed last week.

The $8 million purchase had been contingent on the district selling 37 acres on Lake View Drive. That sale recently fell through, district spokeswoman Arlene Hulten said.

The district had hoped to use the building for classrooms and an early-learning center. It also had expected to use it to house elementary students when three schools are remodeled between 2007 and 2010.

Compiled by the Seattle Times Snohomish County bureau

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