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By utilizing a new model, and leaning on more community support, the behind-the-wheel driver’s training program in Bedford County Public Schools can be saved and potentially serve more students according to Dr. Mac Duis, director of instruction for the school system.
The new model would be based out of each of the three high schools, as opposed to having students visit the driving range at Bedford Science and Technology Center for eight sessions after school. Duis said by utilizing a school-based program, the students would receive more driving time in authentic road conditions as well as personalized instruction.
To implement the program more driving instructors would be needed, along with additional vehicles. Duis said the plan would be to seek donations of vehicles, along with donations to cover fee scholarships for qualifying students.
The cost of the program for students would rise from $185 to $215 and the overall cost to implement the program would be about $98,000.
Dr. Duis said potentially a trial run on the new program could be implemented by the last quarter of this school year.
Schools would need three vehicles per high school for the program to run efficiently, he added. That would mean acquiring another two to three vehicles to add to the current fleet. Currently there are four instructors and Dr. Duis said there would be a need for at least two instructors per school.