School board raises driver education fee by $10
Driver’s education training fees at Vance County Schools will increase by more than 28 percent, rising $10 to $45 for students.
Board of Education Chairwoman Gloria White said the state has slashed the county's driver education training budget in recent years.
“That is really the only way to survive, by increasing this fee,” White said.
At the board’s regular meeting Monday, members voted to approve the revised driver’s education certification fee, changes to graduation requirements and a new appeals procedure for athletes on academic probation.
The board also approved a change that would require students to pay the driver education fee before class begins.
“We were requiring them to pay after,” White said. “The only way to get some money back is for them to pay prior.”
Ruth Hartness, the chairwoman of the building and grounds committee, was absent. The board approved receipt of the report from the committee’s last meeting, but took no action on recommendations.
The committee has discussed options to replace Western Vance High School’s aging boiler system and a contingency plan if the system fails. The school building is 93 years old and has served as an alternative high school for at-risk students the past 10 years, graduating 487 students.
An inspection report from JDA Engineers of Cary found the building needs a properly designed heating, ventilation and air conditioning system and insulation of windows, among other things. Claiborne Woods, facilities director for the school system, has said the heating pipes, which transport steam from the boiler, are in such poor condition that they could not be used to heat the building today.
The revised graduation requirements include four units of social studies, which would replace U.S. History with American History I and II.
The board approved a change in procedure that requires schools to select a committee responsible for hearing appeals by students who have not met the minimum grade-point-average for athletic participation.
This process could allow an athlete to be on academic probation and potentially still play sports.
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