Drivers’ education in in Niles in jeopardy

Published 10:08 am Friday, April 2, 2004

By By JAMES COLLINS / Niles Daily Star
NILES -- Time is running out for drivers' education registration and if students do not register soon the program will have to be cancelled.
The program must have at least 225 students register for the program by the April 16 deadline for the program to be able to function.
Doug Law, superintendent of Niles Community Schools, said the district has only received registration and deposits from 90 students so far.
He said over 350 forms have been given out and wanted to remind students their registration and deposits must be turned in by April 16 for the program to go on.
He said if they do not get 225 students registered by the deadline, they will be forced to turn driver's education over to the private services.
Registration forms are available in both the Niles High School and Brandywine High School offices. A $100 deposit must be paid at the time of registration.
The cost of the program is $250 for Segment 1 and $50 for segment 2.
Segment 1 includes the regular summer instruction and will be done in two different three-week sessions this summer. The first session will take place from June 14 to July 2 and the second session will be from July 6 to July 26.
Segment 2 includes six hours of additional instruction that takes place after students have had a probationary license for at least 90 days and have logged at least 30 hours of driving. Segment 2 is scheduled to take place some time this fall.
Law said the combined price of $300 for both segments is still considerably less than the private drivers' education services that range from $375 to $400.
The program will also be available to out of district students on a first come, first serve basis. Niles students will have first priority and any remaining spots will be available to out of district students. Out of district students will receive their deposits back if there are no spots available.
Law said the program can only accommodate a maximum of 240 students, so it is important to get registered as soon as possible.