Three Ohio schools in the Cleveland area have announced that they will be issuing drug tests to their students, and the president of one of the schools allegedly just happens to be the brother of the CEO of the drug-testing company being contracted.
According to reports, three schools, including St. Edward High School in Cleveland, will be testing their students for illegal drug use. St. Edward High School President James Kubacki, along with the school board, maintains that even though his brother Raymond Kubacki is CEO of the Massachusetts-based drug testing company Psychemedics, their decision to use their services had nothing to do with the blood relation.
"Really, this came about as a proactive, preventative measure,” said St. Edward High School Vide President of Admissions and Marketing K.C. McKenna. “There was nothing in our own community that necessarily prompted this. This is not a reactionary endeavor by any means. Our committee, which included members of our board of trustees, a member of our faculty and other members of our administration, looked at the issue as a whole and arrived at the Psychemedics decision. Certainly, Jim knew a little more about the process because of his brother being involved, but his brother being CEO of that company in no way led to us making the decision to use Psychemedics."
Reports note that Psychemedics, which was started in 1991 by Raymond Kubacki, is now bringing in $7 million in quarterly revenue, and their drug tests, which run about $40 to $50 each, will be used by St. Edward High School as well as the other two Ohio schools.
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Last year, Raymond Kubacki said that he had hoped to expand his business from primarily contracting with companies to working more with schools. Seeing as how his brother is president of a prestigious high school, the expansion seems to have been a no brainer.
Still, both St. Edward High School and Psychemedics say they hope that this move will help students feel that they don’t have to give into peer pressure.
“The most powerful thing to me is that this gives a kid a legitimate chance to say no,” said St. Edward President James Kubacki. “It gives them an out.”
The reactions from parents have been mixed, with some saying that they feel it will be helpful in trying to stop drug use, and others questioning what could happen if the test shows a false positive.