GISD begins drivers ed class

In an effort to provide parents with a less stressful option than teaching their child drivers education, the Gatesville Independent School District has partnered with the Frost Driving School based out of Belton and Harker Heights to do just that.

The GISD board of trustees voted unanimously to allow the district to enter into the partnership at their special meeting on Thursday, Aug. 29.

A schedule for the course has not yet been set as the program is in the early stages. However, the schedule is being based upon the availability of instructors and students.

The driving school has offered to hire and train local instructors at a rate of $15 an hour. GISD Superintendent Dr. Barrett Pollard told the board that he sent an email out to the staff about becoming an instructor and a few replied that they were interested.

The company’s general liability and insurance policies would cover both the instructor and the vehicle that is used.

The program is at zero cost to the district and unlike previous driving schools at the school, the Frost Driving School will handle all state records, documents and instruction/testing materials.

While the cost of the class was not known, Pollard stated that students would have to pay anywhere from $200 to $400, depending on the type of classes they take.

Students have three driving education options. Students can take just classroom instruction courses, just behind the wheel courses or they can take both classroom and behind the wheel courses.

The new driving education course will be offered after school at the high school.

For the behind the wheel and classroom instruction course, each class will last two hours and students must complete 32 hours of training.

The other two course options lengths have not yet been provided.

Students and or their parents can enroll by visiting

https://www.frostdrivingschool.com .

While the school board has approved the agreement with the Frost Driving School, the district must now apply to the state and wait for the state to approve the agreement. Once that is complete the school can move forward with the program.

Pollard is hopeful that the program will be up and running shortly.

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