3 northeast Kansas school officials won’t return next year

PERRY, Kan. (AP) — The head of a northeast Kansas school district is among three administrators who won’t return next year amid a student drug-testing controversy.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Perry-Lecompton Superintendent Denis Yoder’s decision to retire comes after the school board decided not to renew the high school principal and assistant principal’s contracts.

One issue is a drug-testing policy that took effect at the high school as the new semester began. District officials confirmed at the time that teachers and most school district staff wouldn’t undergo drug testing and that the assistant principal was twice convicted for drunken driving.

Yoder says publicity surrounding the new policy affected the board’s decision not to renew the contracts of the high school officials. But he says it “isn’t necessarily” the reason he’s leaving.



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