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September 15, 1997

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Northshore to hold drug testing forums

  by Andrew Walgamott
   Let your voice be heard. Community meetings with the Northshore School District will help determine whether or not the district begins drug testing some students. In late September and early October, the district will hold two forums for students, parents and community members to explore the pros and cons of mandatory and random drug testing for high school athletes.
  
   District officials say information collected from participants will help form their recommendation to the School Board on the matter.
   "We want to inform and then have the opportunity to listen and gauge the community reaction to the ideas presented," Eric Barnum, Northshore School District Director of Student and Athletic Services said.
  
   A panel including representatives from Burlington-Edison School District, Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, a drug testing laboratory and the school district will be on hand. Burlington-Edison, near Mount Vernon, currently has a drug testing program.
   The first meeting, held for parents and community members, will be Sept. 29 in the Bothell High School Gym from 7 to 10 p.m.
   Barnum said he hoped to capture student reaction as well.
  
   "What are the kids saying about this? What do they think?"
  
   Students are asked to attend the second meeting Oct. 6 from 7 to 10 p.m. again at the BHS gym located at 18125 92nd Ave. N.E. in Bothell.
   Attendees at both meetings will have the chance to make their opinion known through electronic polling and telephone calls.