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Pickens Co. School Board considering drug tests for employees

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The School District of Pickens County offices are located in Easley. (File/FOX Carolina) The School District of Pickens County offices are located in Easley. (File/FOX Carolina)
EASLEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

It's been called a strange coincidence - a drug testing policy being considered just as two school employees stand accused of selling pot.

"The superintendent would like for every employee in the district, if we legally can, to be randomly drug tested," said School District of Pickens County spokesman John Eby.

The arrests of Kimberly Anthony, 43, and Daniel Fahey, 48, have only made the discussion louder.

Fahey was a coordinator for the district, and Anthony was a teacher at Gettys Middle School. Eby said Fahey is no longer with the district and Anthony remains on suspension since their arrests on Sept. 28.

But just days before Easley police arrested the couple, there was some intense discussion within the school district on the drug testing policy for teachers and students.

"About three weeks ago, the school board sent to the policy committee the student and drug policies for a rewrite," said Alex Saitta, chairman of the Pickens County School Board.

Officials said the only thing that could hold up the new policy is whether or not teachers will be a part of it. Eby told FOX Carolina that district lawyers are looking over contracts to see if the new policy would be legal.

Saitta said he's all for it, and he's surprised there wasn't a policy already.

"All this stuff is spilling into our public schools that we have to deal with. And today, public education isn't just about academics, it's about academics and dealing with social issues," said Saitta.

"There's a lot more awareness in the public because of those arrests (of Anthony and Fahey)," said Eby. "But this is something we already wanted, and continue to want."

The new policy is still being worked out with lawyers for the school district, but Saitta said the policy currently in the books doesn't take into account newer drugs, like bath salts.

Saitta also said any random drug testing in the school district will be like any done in the private sector.

"I think that given what happened over the weekend, we're moving in the direction. So I expect that if there was any reticence to it, it's probably gone away," said Saitta.

The school board is due to take up the new drug testing policy on Oct. 22.

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