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Maize school district drops random drug testing

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A school district in suburban Wichita has decided to stop random drug tests of students who participate in extracurricular activities.

The Maize School Board voted earlier this month to eliminate the drug testing after considering reaction from administrators and students. The tests were conducted on students from seventh through 12th grade.

A district spokeswoman says the program cost the district more than $31,000 since it began in 2007. During that time, four students tested positive for drug use. The district will instead focus on drug prevention and education.

KAKE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/ZjNsB1 ) the district plans to continue using drug-sniffing dogs in school parking lots and hallways.