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7 More Schools May be Added to Drug Testing Program

Drug testing for student athletes is set to expand dramatically at local schools. If it's approved by the school district, seven more schools will begin the program.

Centennial is one of those schools planning to use the program. The high school takes pride in girls basketball, volleyball and soccer. Behind the success are the 450 student athletes.

If a nearly $500,000 grant is approved, drug testing will begin there in July.

Principals like Trent Day have been watching the results of the first pilot program at Green Valley High School. He thinks the program can work at Centennial too.

"It's interesting to see such low numbers, which means that it's serving as a deterrent," said Day.

Donna Tagliaferri, a Centennial parent said, "I think that when coaches ask them not to do drugs, so that the rest of the kids who depend on them -- athletes are great kids."

The testing will be mandatory for athletes and other students can opt in even if they aren't an athlete. Centennial, along with Del Sol, Desert Pines, Durango, Eldorado, Foothill and Mojave will begin the program in the fall.

If a student athlete tests positive, then the principal says they will meet with parents and look at a plan to deal with the problem. Any punishment for athletes who test positive would involve a discussion with the Nevada Interscholastic Athletic Association.

But the main goal here is deterrence and counseling if necessary.