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3/10/2012 6:36:00 PM
High gasoline prices may end driver's ed for some in Elkhart County

Bridget Fryman, Goshen News Correspondent

BENTON — Fairfield Community Schools may not be able to afford to offer driver’s education this summer.

Superintendent Tom Tumey told board members Thursday that the course will likely not be offered, mainly because of the price of fuel.

“They’re saying the price of fuel could be at $5 per gallon,” Tumey said. Even if it does not get that high, “you have to plan for the worst-case scenario.”

The district was “lucky” to be able to offer the class last summer, he said. The course fees cover the cost of the program; each student paid $355.50 last year.

Driver’s ed is open to students from Fairfield and other area schools, but the program has seen fewer and fewer students because of the availability of private classes, Tumey said.

The district’s summer programs will be finalized in late March or early April, so the board will receive more information at its next meeting.

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