D203 School Board Update

The District 203 school board is continuing talks of possible random drug test for students in extracurricular activities.

In researching the idea, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education Bob Ross found that the cost per each drug test would run $30 to $40.

Students would most likely have to be pulled from class for the testing.

The random drug testing is meant to reinforce the district’s anti-drug messages and board members said the policy should not go after punishing students but rather help them to make safer choices.

The board also threw around the idea of having voluntary drug testing where parents choose to have their children be screened.

Superintendent Dan Bridges said administrators must also determine what kinds of drugs will be tested for, considering Marijuana and alcohol as possibilities.

The board hopes to hear a specific proposal by winter break.

Proposal for Online Credit Card Payments

The board also heard for the first time a proposal to add a credit card payment system to the district website.

Administrators recommend contracting with the company RevTrack so parents can pay student fees online, including those for special events, school lunches, and summer athletic camp.

To implement would cost the district $45,000 for one year, plus RevTrack would incur 3.49% of the proceeds.

To offset the costs, there would be a user fee of $1.95 per transaction.

The board wondered whether this would be it, questioning if folks would use the online system when writing a check would be cheaper.

The board made no motion and will revisit the proposal at a future meeting.

Course Additions and Changes Proposed

Also discussed but with no action, was the proposal to add three new courses and change the titles of four others for both high schools.

The additional courses include Honors English 3, designed to better address common core standards, plus AP Physics 1 and 2, which would be the equivalent of first and second semester college courses in physics.

The following title changes would take place:

-“Essay Writing” changed to “Senior Rhetoric”
-“Honors Essay Writing” changed to “Honors Senior Rhetoric”
-“Film Composition and Analysis” would simply be “Film as Literature”
-And what’s called “Western Humanities” at Naperville North and “Western Literature” at Naperville Central would be called “Themes in Western Literature and Art” at both schools.

For a description on what these courses entail, visit www.naperville203 org.

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