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CHS breathalyzer policy on agenda at tonight's School Board meeting

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Tonight’s Duneland School Board meeting at 6 p.m. at the Administration Center, 601 W. Morgan Ave., will feature a presentation from Chesterton High School administrators on the recommendations for a policy regarding the use of breathalyzers at school dances.

CHS principal Jeff Van Drie said he will talk about the pilot program started at last spring’s prom and senior banquet.

The pilot program was approved by the school board with a unanimous 5-0 vote in April. At that time, then-principal Jim Goetz said he would share the results of the program with the board and would report back the results after the summer.

Van Drie said the pilot program is still in effect, as breathalyzers will be used for this weekend’s CHS Homecoming Dance.

As the policy recommendation stands, Van Drie said mandatory portable breath tests (PBTs) will be given only at each of three school dances Š Homecoming, the Winter Dance in January, and the Prom.

CHS administration decided to try the pilot program after the behavior of several at last year’s homecoming dance who were suspected to have consumed alcohol.

Van Drie said he knows several other schools around the state who have recently enacted PBT policy and its becoming a more common practice.

Also tonight, the board and CHS will recognize swim coach Kevin Kinel who was recently named by the National High School Coaching Association as National Boys Swimming Coach of the Year.


Posted 9/9/2013