Garrard student expelled for drugs

September 30, 2003|PHIL PENDLETON

LANCASTER - Garrard County Board of Education expelled a student for the remainder of the year Monday night for selling drugs.

Superintendent Ray Woolsey said the student will not have the services of night school. He said the drug transaction occurred within the last 10 days at the high school and that the sheriff's department was contacted.

"We hope charges will be filed," Woolsey said.

Sheriff Ronnie Wardrip said he needed to check with the deputy who responded to the incident but that he is almost certain charges will be filed in this situation. "If there was selling, I'm sure we'll do that," he said.

Wardrip said that the student is under 18, meaning that the case will be handled in juvenile court.

Woolsey said the fact that the student was expelled for the rest of the year without services highlights the seriousness of the matter. "They (students selling drugs) are a danger to other persons," he said.


Monday's expulsion hearing was the third one since school began Aug. 6. At the Sept. 9 regular board meeting, 10 students were expelled for varying lengths of time for instances involving mostly prescription type drugs. A high school student was expelled Aug. 21 for putting a substance in a teacher's drinking water.

Also Monday the school board approved a working budget of $25 million. Of that, only $3 million is derived from local funds.

The budget includes $233,000 to buy new school buses, which Woolsey said will be paid for through state funds.

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