Hammonds & Sills law firm became the new general counsel for the Central Community School System after the School Board unanimously approved the selection Monday night.

Sheri Morris, the district’s former attorney, resigned in March. The resignation went into effect April 22.

Hammonds & Sills will begin as general counsel on July 1.

“Both were excellent choices,” said Sharon Browning, a board member.

At a special board meeting June 20, Robert Hammonds, a partner in the law firm, said the company has 16 attorneys, and its main office is in Baton Rouge along with a branch office in Monroe.

The firm is the general counsel for about 50 school boards in the state, Hammonds said.

In other board action Monday:

DRUG TESTING: The School Board unanimously approved allowing Superintendent Michael Faulk to work out a contract with Psychemedics Corp. to provide drug testing services at the school. The contract will have to be approved by the School Board.

The school system has a mandatory drug testing policy for students involved in extracurricular activities. The policy allows for hair to be tested for the presence of drugs.

The company was recommended after a committee of parents, students and school personnel reviewed a number of proposals, Faulk said.

BUDGET APPROVED: The board approved a $32.8 million budget for fiscal year 2012 — compared to the 2011 budget of $32.3 million.

Revenues in the coming school year are estimated to be $33.3 million. Revenues in 2011 were about $32.8 million.

COLLEGE AND CAREER COACHING: The School Board also approved allowing Faulk to start working with Career Compass to put together a memoranda of understanding for services it will provide to students.

Career Compass will charge $50,000 to:

Provide college and career coaching for students in 12th grade.

Provide individual college and career coaching for students in 11th grade.

Provide graduation coaching for at-risk ninth-grade students.

Provide career assessments for students in fifth through seventh grades.

Provide seminars for students in eighth grade about individual graduation plans and high school preparation.

Provide college awareness seminars for students in ninth, 10th and 11th grades.