May 2, 2013
Young motorists looking to hone their driving skills may register now for Sedalia School District 200’s annual drivers’ education course.
The course will begin June 3 and run Mondays through Thursdays through the end of the month. The class costs $180 and is open to student drivers in Sedalia and surrounding districts.
Ashley Young, Smith-Cotton Junior High history teacher, said the course is a good opportunity for new drivers to learn the rules of the road in a structured classroom setting.
“I think this is a really good service for Sedalia,” Young said. “It gives us the opportunity to work one-on-one with students where we can stress safety and how to be a smart driver.”
Young, who serves as driving instructor along with longtime instructor Mike Robertson, said the course includes six hours of experience behind the wheel in addition to regular coursework, reading, tests and presentations from law enforcement officials.
“They seem to learn more and get experience through doing it,” Young said. “But we have a brake on our side in case something happens. We try to teach them early recognition — how to avoid problems on the road and be more observant. All in all, I feel like we put better drivers on the road.”
The course is open to drivers 14 years and up, though they must turn 15 by July, Young said. Instructors will have learners’ permits available to those who have not yet secured one, Young said.
While most students come from Smith-Cotton and Sacred Heart School, Young said a number of the 43 students who participated in the course last year came from surrounding districts.
“We have to have at least 30 signed up to have the class, but our goal is 50,” Young said. “But we can take more than that if there is enough interest.”
Applications are available at the district administration building, 2806 Matthew Drive, or from the counselors’ offices at the junior high and high school.
For more information, call Young at 829-6387 during school hours.