At 10:47 p.m., after about three hours of discussion, Lincoln Unified’s board has adopted a mandatory random drug testing policy. The decision comes after lengthy comments from board members and audience members here at Claudia Landeen Elementary both favoring and opposing the idea of drug testing Lincoln High’s student athletes. ACLU representatives said the testing is no solution for drug problems, is unconstitutional and could invite a lawsuit against the district. This was the third meeting where the matter was discussed.
After the three hours of discussion, Superintendent Tom Uslan recommended passage of the policy, subject to review by legal counsel. The vote was 4-1. Don Ruhstaller voted against the policy because he wants “total buy-in” from parents and students.