ELNORA — Driver’s education classes will continue at North Daviess, for now.

At Monday’s North Daviess School Board meeting, the board unanimously voted to continue driver training if there are at least 20 students who sign up for the course. Superintendent Robert Bell said the school would need at least 23 to 24 students to break even with costs.

“It’s hard to determine what gas prices are going to be to find out what the break-even point is,” Bell said. “If the numbers get less, the corporation will have to absorb more of the cost.”

While driver’s education is a class that usually had no problem filling up, recent competition from area driving schools has taken some of away those who would be driving. Bell said only 23 students signed up for last year’s program.

“I think this is something we can revisit in a month or two if it becomes that drastic,” Bell said.

Bell told the board that what draws students to private driving schools is flexibility and cost.

“It’s convenient for a lot of kids,” Bell said.

Board member Thomas Nugent said some parents and students don’t like the fact that the North Daviess program’s letter grade from the classroom is figured in a student’s overall grade point average.

The program, at a cost of $300, starts on April 2. Students study in a classroom from 7 a.m. until school starts for 30 school days. The state requires 30 hours of classroom training.

The class continues with in-car driving starting June 25. For the North Daviess program, a student receives six hours of driving, plus 12 hours of in-car observation, something Principal Jed Jerrels said is not offered at private schools.

Students have until March 2 to sign up for the class.

In other business:


Bell and the entire board expressed condolences to the family of Ray Terrell, ND’s network administrator who died unexpectedly. According to a statement prepared by Technology Director Todd Whitlock, Terrell was an “extremely dedicated employee to North Daviess Community Schools, and his impact on the education of our children and use of technology is immeasurable.

“Ray never met at problem he could not solve.” Whitlock wrote.


Incoming freshmen and their parents are invited to a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20 to discuss information such as high school classes, schedules and requirements.

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