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Morrison High School considering adding summer school driver's ed

Course also might be opened to out-of-district students

MORRISON – More Morrison students could begin the next high school year driving themselves to school.

The district is considering offering driver education classes in the summer, and might open them to students in nearby districts that do not have a summer program in place, Superintendent Scott Vance said.

Driver’s ed teacher Brian Bartoz pitched the idea to Principal Cory Bielema.

“We are just in the gathering interest phase of this process,” Bielema said. “We should be able to have a better idea in the near future if this will have wings or not.”

Offering driver’s ed in the summer also would free up students to take an elective class during the school year, Vance said.

If the board approves it, the class will run from June 1 to 25 and cost $295 plus a $20 instruction permit fee to the Illinois Secretary of State. Students, who must be 15 or older by June 1 to enroll, will get 30 hours of classroom instruction, 6 hours behind the wheel around city streets, and 6 hours of in-car observation.

Illinois Rules of the Road study materials are available from Bartoz at brian.bartoz@morrisonschools.org or 815-772-4071. Vision tests and instruction permit tests for those who enroll can be arranged in late April or early May during homeroom periods.

Next meeting

The Morrison School Board next meets at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at Morrison Junior High School, 300 Academic Drive.

An agenda will be posted on the district website, morrisonschools.org, 48 hours prior to the meeting. Go to https://www.morrisonschools.org/ or call 815-772-2064 for more information.

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