Registration starts today for driver's ed
February 19. 2014 6:00AM
Students who are 14 years old by June 9 can sign up for driver's education starting today, but their cost will be slightly higher than it was for previous classes.
The Brandon Valley School board voted last week to increase the cost from $235 to $250 this year. Superintendent Dave Pappone said the main reason for the increase was to give instructors Pat Donelan, Paula Lammert and Eric Flech a pay raise. Instructors haven't gotten an increase in wages for driver's ed for several years, he said.
The school district runs its driver's ed program through the Brandon Valley Community Education program. Up to 100 students will be accepted into each session this summer, and there will be three sessions: 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. March 18 to April 30, 8 a.m. to noon May 27 to June 5, and 8 a.m. to noon June 9 to 19. Students have a choice of sessions.
The course consists of 30 hours of classroom and 12 hours of driver's training, which consists of six hours behind-the-wheel instruction and six hours behind-the-wheel observation.
Students who complete the program will qualify for a learner's permit.
To learn more or to register, call the Community Education office at 582-8235 or email Kevin Brick, the director, at Kevin.Brick@k12.sd.us.
To read about other classes offered in the community education program, visit www.brandonvalley.k12.sd.us/communityed.