Driver’s ed class starting next week

Driver’s education classes are being scheduled to start in the near future and Elkin City School district has approved a bid for services of driver education services.

North Carolina Driving School, Inc. will provide the Driver Education Service for the school system for the 2015-2016 school year. North Carolina Driving School serves 37 school districts in North Carolina and trained more than 23,000 public school students during the last calendar year. Area districts that have provided very positive response to the work of the North Carolina Driving School, Inc. include: Ashe, Winston-Salem/Forsyth, Guilford, Hickory City, Caldwell, Clinton City, Whiteville City and Asheboro City Schools.

Elkin City Schools will schedule classes beginning this summer for students who are 14 and 6 years of age. Students will receive 30 hours of classroom instruction. Classes also will be provided to students in the fall of 2015 and spring of 2016.

Student driver education classes will be July 20-24 in the Elkin High School Media Center. Classes will begin promptly at 8 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. Students will need to bring a bag lunch, paper and pencil/pen to the classroom setting. Current state legislation allows local school districts to charge $65 for Driver Education Services. This fee will be due to the instructor on the first day of classroom instruction.

Registration for the July 20-24 Classroom Driver Education program can be completed in two ways: by emailing a note of interest to Joel Hoyle, principal of Elkin High School, at, or Lisa Pendry, assistant principal of Elkin High School,, and provide your name, date of birth and a contact number in your email; or by calling Elkin High School at 336-835-3858 and giving your name, date of birth, and a contact number.

The school district driver educator coordinator will contact students to verify their email or call and remind students of the class dates and times. Students should contact school personnel and get on the classroom list no later than July 16.

The North Carolina State Legislature recently has approved a continuance budget that mandates local school districts to continue providing Driver Education Services, even though state funds have not been provided or allocated. Based on potential upcoming adopted legislation, all funds provided to NC Driver Education programs may end and the school board will have to decide on how to continue providing Driver Education Services. This information and a “final decision by our board of education” will be shared when a “final state school budget” is adopted by the state Senate and House membership.

The school system is encouraging area residents to speak to their local legislators about the importance of “funding Driver Education through the public schools systems of North Carolina,” said Dr. Randy Bledsoe, superintendent. “Safe highways and safe driving can be related to our state’s driver education program.”

Students should register for the Summer Classroom experience prior to July 16. It is the parent’s responsibility to have students at school prior to 8 a.m. and to pick them up promptly at 2 p.m. each day. School policies and behavioral expectations are to be followed at all times. Students and parents will sign an application form and letter of Student Conduct/Behavior prior to the first day or on the first day of the classroom program.

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