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Wise County School Board mulls change to driver's education

May 11th, 2014 9:18 pm by Staff Report

Wise County School Board  mulls change to driver's education

WISE — The Wise County School Board on Tuesday will consider a change in how the school division manages driver's education for students, and it will review its closed session policy as it relates to third party inclusion in the sessions.

Last month the board was advised by Schools Superintendent Jeff Perry of an unsolicited offer from a private driver's education party to assume the on-the-road — actual driving by students with an instructor — at a proposed cost of $100 per student. Perry told the board the offer might pose a considerable savings to the school division.

On Tuesday, Perry's administration will recommend the school division continue to teach the classroom portion of driver's ed in high schools and privatize the behind-the-wheel portion to a private instruction operator.

The administration will recommend the board install a sliding scale payment system, with students eligible for free lunch receiving the instruction for free, students eligible for reduced lunch at half payment, and students not eligible for free or reduced lunch paying the full amount.

Based on preliminary information provided the board last month, even covering the behind-the-wheel costs for free or reduced lunch students, the school division could realize considerable savings compared to its traditional method of providing classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction.

The school division has issued a request for proposals and anticipate receiving bids from private instruction companies in the neighborhood of the $100 per student unsolicited offer.

For an expanded version of this article, please see Monday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.

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