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On Jan. 14, I spoke to the Superior Board of Education regarding an agenda item to waive the drug and alcohol policies for the purpose of hosting a Packer Tailgate event at the Superior High School on April 17.

The Superior Board of Education was requested to thoughtfully consider the following concerns regarding the proposed waiver of the drug and alcohol policies for the district to allow for consumption of alcohol in the Superior High School.

In summary the concerns expressed to the Superior Board of Education was as follows:

What message will this waiver send to our students? What behaviors are we modeling for our students when there is alcohol sold and consumed on school grounds? Alcohol on school grounds is not acceptable.

The board’s rational drug and alcohol policies are meant to protect the safety and encourage the academic success of our students. Alcohol and education are not compatible.

Most at risk may be those students who struggle the most with issues that may lead to alcohol and drug abuse and who are most cynical about authority and leadership.

A consistent message on drug and alcohol use in Superior schools is required. The leadership of Superior schools must provide a consistent message on drug and alcohol use.

The board was requested to: thoughtfully consider the impact of this waiver on our students, of the inconsistent message regarding mixing alcohol and education to our students and remove this one-day waiver from consideration.

After these comments, the Superior School Board voted unanimously to waive the drug and alcohol policies.

If you are concerned about this waiver to allow the consumption of alcohol in the Superior High School and its effect on our students, please contact the Superior Board of Education.

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