Student expelled for possession of a controlled substance
At a special meeting of the New Richmond School District Board of Education Monday, July 28, the school board voted to uphold and expel a student for possession of a controlled substance on school property, according to District Administrator Jeff Moberg.
The July 28 hearing marked the 10th such hearing conducted by the school board since the beginning of last school year.
“The incident was from beforehand, during the school year,” Moberg said. “The number of expulsions we have seen is kind of right in line with what we normally see and is about typical for a school year.”
Despite the fact that the number of expulsions this year is not any higher than normal, Moberg is still concerned about the reasons behind a number of the expulsions this year.
“One of the things I think that is becoming concerning is synthetic and prescription medication,” Moberg said. “It is something we are seeing and it is something that we want to bring an awareness to. As adults, I don’t know that we always understand what is out there and these are, especially synthetics, new controlled substances that are available.”
Although Moberg feels the district and the community have made a good start to bringing more awareness to what kind of controlled substances and other drugs are being abused, he believes there is still more that can be done.
“I think we can still do a better job and continue to help educate parents and the community on,” Moberg said. “It is really a community effort to help curb controlled substance use.”
According to Moberg, the school district offers many resources for both students and parents to help them learn about and prevent the abuse of controlled substances and other drugs, and to offer help if it is needed.
“We continue to do a lot of student education through our health classes, our advisor/advisee programming and through our counseling department,” Moberg said. “We still offer all those types of services to the students. We also try to make sure we are connectings students and families to community resources. We are very proactive in those areas.”