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FY 2003: DEMONSTRATION GRANTS FOR STUDENT DRUG TESTING
The following entities were awarded three-year grants through the Demonstration Grants for Student Drug-Testing competition. Grant funds are currently being used to develop or enhance, implement, and evaluate school-based drug-testing programs for students. Approximately $2 million was available for this competition.

GRANT RECIPIENTS

ALABAMA

PASS: The Noble Idea, Inc.
Prattville, Alabama
(334) 358-4900
PASS: The Noble Idea, Inc. was awarded a grant for $84,002 under the Demonstration Grants for Student Drug-Testing Program. The non-profit organization has partnered with the Autauga County School System to enhance the Autauga County Independent Decision Program, a voluntary drug-testing program that offers rewards and incentives to students who test negative for drugs. The grantee is also conducting an independent evaluation of the drug-testing program, which will help advance the collective national knowledge regarding student drug testing.

Auburn City Schools
Auburn, Alabama
(334) 887-2100
Auburn City Schools was awarded a grant for $276,836 under the Demonstration Grants for Student Drug-Testing Program. The district is utilizing these grant funds to bring the Independent Decision voluntary student drug-testing program to three school districts: Auburn City, Opelika City, and Lee County. The district's goal is to reduce drug use among students in grades 6-12. The grantee plans to implement a quasi-experimental evaluation design to assess the impact the program has on reducing the incidence of drug use among participants.

FLORIDA

School Board of Polk County
Bartow, Florida
(863) 291-5355
The School Board of Polk County was awarded a grant for $236,080 under the Demonstration Grants for Student Drug-Testing Program. The district is utilizing these grant funds to implement a random drug-testing program for more than 4,800 student athletes in grades 9-12. Through a quasi-experimental evaluation design conducted by an independent evaluator, the district plans to discover how the student drug-testing program influences student behavior in a school culture.

KENTUCKY

Nelson County Board of Education
Bardstown, KY
(502) 349-7000
Nelson County Board of Education was awarded a grant for $284,203 under the Demonstration Grants for Student Drug-Testing Program. The district is utilizing these grant funds to support and expand a student drug-testing program to include student athletes, students who participate in extracurricular activities, and students who volunteer to participate. Goals of the project include reducing the use of alcohol and drugs by students in all grade levels.

LOUISIANA

24th Judicial District Attorney
Gretna, LA
(504) 361-2732
The 24th Judicial District Attorney was awarded a grant for $176,842 under the Demonstration Grants for Student Drug-Testing Program. The District Attorney's Office is utilizing these grant funds to expand the voluntary aspect of a student drug-testing program in the Jefferson Parish Public School System. By increasing the number of students who volunteer to be tested, the grantee intends to deter student drug use and offer professional assistance to a larger number of students experiencing drug abuse problems.

MARYLAND

The Walsh Group, PA
Bethesda, MD
(301) 571-9494
The Walsh Group, PA was awarded a grant for $401,241 under the Demonstration Grants for Student Drug-Testing Program. The organization is utilizing these grant funds to implement and evaluate student drug-testing programs in three high schools in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. The organization's goals include: 1) implementing a new random drug-testing program at each of the two schools without random testing; 2) implementing new innovations in the third school's established random drug-testing program; and 3) gathering and analyzing data on the effectiveness of the policy changes at each school. The project targets student athletes, students in extracurricular activities, and students who volunteer to participate.

Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc.
Rockville, MD
(301) 231-9010
The Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc. was awarded a grant for $346,775 under the Demonstration Grants for Student Drug-Testing Program. The non-profit organization is utilizing these grant funds to implement, enhance, and evaluate the effectiveness of student drug-testing programs through a design involving eight high schools. The grantee proposes an experimental design to evaluate the effectiveness of the prevention enhancements. The goal of the project is to reduce student drug use through the enhancement of drug-testing programs.

TEXAS

Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD
Fort Worth, TX
(817) 232-0880
Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District was awarded a grant for $157,022 under the Demonstration Grants for Student Drug-Testing Program. The district is utilizing these grant funds to implement a student drug testing program for students in grades 7-12 who participate in the district's athletic program and school-sponsored extracurricular activities. The district's overall goal is to reduce drug use by students.