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March 25, 2010

Summer drivers’ education is on the chopping block

BY MICHELLE MILLER

STAFF WRITER



Supporters of the summer drivers’ education program at Cooperstown Central School came to voice their opinions at last week’s board of education meeting.



The program is one of several cuts proposed by the district in order to attempt to trim the 20010-2011 budget and burden on tax payers.



CCS currently offers a half-credit course of drivers’ training to students throughout the school year during the day. The program began in September of 2008 and includes classroom instruction, a chance to practice driving skills on simulators and behind the wheel training.



However, not everyone believes that option fits into every student’s schedule and believes it is important to continue the summer program.



Barbara Cannon, special education teacher at CCS, said her daughter could not take the driving program in school this year because of scheduling conflicts. Her only option is the summer program, said Cannon.



According to Cannon, many students have similar stories. She says students are giving up their lunch periods to fit training into their schedule. BOCES students also have a problem fitting in the day course, added Cannon.



Cannon said a few announcements were made over the PA at the High School informing students about summer education sign ups and as a result about 18 students have signed up. She said Superintendent Mary Jo McPhail denied a request to post an announcement to further get information out to parents on the district’s website.



According to Secondary Principal Michael Cring, letters were sent out with five-week notices to students in grades 10-12. He said the district started sign ups for the summer program about a month earlier this year in order to see how many students would still be interested in the offering and to accommodate fiscal issues. Cring said he thinks the district will see a reduction in the amount of students who will sign up for summer drivers’ education because training is being offered during the school year and class sizes are becoming smaller.

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