School board tables use of breathalyzers at this year’s EHT prom

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EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – A plan to use breathalyzers to screen students for alcohol consumption at the Egg Harbor Township High School prom was tabled for this year's event at the request of the Board of Education, officials announced at the conclusion of a special budget meeting held Tuesday, April 29.

 “In our zeal to keep things moving forward, we did not bring this (policy change) to the board, and for that please accept my apologies,” Superintendent Scott McCartney said.

 The school’s administration had announced that breathalyzers were a possibility when it issued the prom information packet last month. The matter was addressed publicly during the first-ever mandatory pre-prom parents’ meeting on April 8.

 Board President James Galvin said the board requested the administration put the new policy on hold and said that such decisions should be made with board approval, which was not given before the announcement was made by the school.

 “We are just putting it on hold. We need to get more information and have more discussion,” he said.

 McCartney said the administration was deliberating between three options regarding the use of the devises for the first time.  

 “We were considering screening all students, using it as a secondary screening measure or tabling it totally for this prom,” he said.

 Prom attendees will still be screened through the existing process in which administrators watch for signs of drug or alcohol use.

 “We have a comprehensive approach in place,” he said. If a student is suspected of being under the influence, he or she can be sent to the police department on an administrative referral.

Sonia Cruz, who serves as the president of the middle school parents' club, asked the board to also extend the screenings to middle school dances as a precaution to any students that could consider showing up to school events inebriated.

A second meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, May 1 in the school’s auditorium for parents who were unable to attend the first meeting. 

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