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SMITHVILLE — A request for proposals for random drug testing services was open for Smithville School District from April 18 to May 31.

The notice for the request ran twice in a local newspaper as required by law and was posted online. After the proposal period closed, only tomo Drug Testing submitted a bid.

With only one bid received, action on proposals was tabled by the school board until a policy for drug testing is approved, if one is approved.

Superintendent Todd Schuetz said he requested proposals before a policy was approved so the district would be able to plug in accurate information regarding procedure and cost. Given the solo bid, he recommended not approving the proposal until the policy can be presented.

Board members Len Matthies, Sarah Lamer, Ian Saxton, Wade Kiefer and President Russel Fries, when asked individually if they would support using tax dollars for drug testing in the first year of implementation, said they would not.

"It has been represented to us that if we should implement RSDT, no taxpayer funds will be used for the first year," Fries said in an email. "Grant monies would be available to pay the direct expenses. The board packet for the June 19 board meeting indicated in the agenda item for that topic, 'It is estimated the cost of implementation would be less than $5,000 annually.' At this level of cost, I am confident outside grant funds would be available."

Additionally, if a policy is approved at an upcoming board meeting, the earliest it could be implemented is January 2020, Schuetz said.

Northwest Editor Sean Roberts can be reached at sean.roberts@mycouriertribune.com or 389-6606.​

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