Mesa County School Board Debates Future Of Drivers Ed Classes

Students who may be depending on Mesa County School District 51 for their drivers education course may now have to find an alternative route. On Tuesdat, the school district debated on whether to continue to offer a drivers training course.

Part of the reason for the consideration to eliminate the program is the lack of funds to update materials and the vehicles used to teach the course. This is on top of the cost the district endures each year to keep educators up to date with state certifications.

Keeping the class would also mean investing money on a new range, since the current range at the career center will be torn down to make room for a new school. District 51 Spokesperson Jeff Kirtland said many parents want to take on the responsibility of teaching their kids how to drive.

Approximately 500 students throughout the district take part in the drivers education program annually. Statewide, School District 51 is one of the last districts of its size to offer drivers training on its campus.

A final decision on whether to continue to offer the course is expected to be made by the school board next Tuesday.


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