Granby " E. Grand schools secure funding for return of driver’s ed |

Granby " E. Grand schools secure funding for return of driver’s ed

Katie Looby
Grand County, Colorado

East Grand School District is making headway on its future driver’s education program.

Winter Park Town Council has pledged $10,000 to help make the program possible for Middle Park High School students, said Jane Harmon, Middle Park High School principal.

“We’re willing to pay for the program, the amount that Winter Park doesn’t pay,” said Tom Sifers, Mountain Parks Electric assistant general manager and president of the East Grand Board of Education. “We (Mountain Parks) have enough money on hand to fund it for five years.”

The cost of the class is $357.75.

“When the students finishes the course successfully they will get some portion of that back,” Harmon said. “We’re talking somewhere around $150 to $200 of that back.

Significant savings over what a student and parent could go to the Front Range and take a course for.”

If the student passes the course, it will end up costing them $150 to $200 after the rebate, she added.

Mountain Parks Electric is committed long term, Sifers said. If money did not come in to make the class more affordable, Harmon said they would still offer the class.

“Even at $357, that’s still much cheaper than anyone can go to the Front Range and still have the same service,” she said.

Sifers said the cooperative is committed for five years.

National Drivers Training Institute will cover the liability, provide a car, train and pay an instructor $25 an hour, Harmon said.

Seven staff members are interested in the position, she added.

This would be the first driver’s training program offered in the district for the past 20 years. School leaders have said the mountain driving experience will be invaluable.

“They will take the full 27-hour course, have online access to all the resources of NDTI, and do six hours behind the wheel,” Harmon said.

Twenty students need to participate in the class for it to happen. So far 12 students have contacted Harmon about taking a future course. A spring or summer course could be offered. Once it becomes established, the district wants to offer the program three times a year.

” Katie Looby covers government and education for the Sky-Hi Daily News. You may reach her at 887-3334 ext. 19601 or

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