The following were among items discussed at the Aug. 18 meeting of the Montgomery County Board of Education. For more information, call 279-3617.
ALCOHOL AND DRUG SURVEY -- There has been a 27 percent decline in the number of Montgomery County secondary school students who use drugs and alcohol, according to a confidential survey presented to the board.
Of the nearly 3,700 8th-, 10th- and 12th-grade students polled this spring, 16 percent said they had used or have used drugs, compared with 22 percent of students who said so five years ago.
The percentage of students who said they used alcohol also was down slightly, from 76 percent in 1982 to 73 percent this year, according to the report.
In this year's survey, 13 percent acknowledged using marijuana at some time, down from 18 percent in 1982.
The survey showed a significant decline in cocaine use with only 3 percent of the students saying that they used or do use the drug or have tried it, compared with 8 percent in 1982.
In 1982, 17 percent of the students said they used or had used "hard drugs" including cocaine, hashish, heroin and PCP, among others. This year, 10 percent reported using such drugs.
The survey was conducted among students in one grade at each of 13 secondary schools. Eleven of the schools polled in 1982 were also included in the new survey. Two schools participating in the 1982 survey have closed.
School officials report that about half of the students indicated they had decided not to use drugs because of their participation in school substance abuse programs.
The other, more general trends discovered in the report were:
White and older students tended to be more frequent users of drugs and alcohol.
Young adolescents experiment with a broader range of drugs than older students.
Students who are planning to attend college generally use drugs and alcohol less that students earning average or below-average grades.
The use of alcohol and drugs increases with the amount of spending money made available to students.