Glen Rose Superintendent Wayne Rotan reported the district’s new drug testing program is a success.

In spring 2007, the school board adopted a resolution to begin a student drug testing program for new students and students entering the 7th grade.

Rotan said 959 tests were conducted in the 2007-08 school year. Only five tests on the high school and junior high campuses showed positive for drugs. All five students were subjected to three random tests throughout the year and cleared all the tests.

Rotan also said 22 steroid tests were conducted with no one testing positive. He hopes the drug-testing program provides students a way to counter peer pressure they may feel to try drugs.

“We’re in the business of saving kids and not throwing kids away,” said Rotan.

The policy requires new and returning students, grades seven through 12, who wish to participate in extra-curricular activities or obtain a campus parking permit and have not previously participated in the district’s drug testing program take and pass a drug screening test.

Tests will be conducted at the Junior High Hart Gym from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Aug. 13 and 14.

Students can expect a few more changes this year.

The Texas legislature adopted House Bill 3826, amending the “top 10 percent” rule.

Previously, Texas high school students who graduated in the top 10 percent of their class were automatically accepted into the state school of their choice. The new bill allows universities and colleges to require ACT and/or SAT scores. Students must also graduate with an advanced, recommended or distinguished diploma.

The law is effective beginning with the 2008-2009 school year.