Driver's education will continue to be offered at South Adams Schools — at least for the current school year — according to Superintendent Scott Litwiller at a board of education meeting on Tuesday.
Litwiller said the administration of the driver's education program is transferring from the Department of Education to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). He also noted that, in a conversation with Steve Leak of the BMV, he was assured that there is "nothing in the works to remove driver's education from the public schools."
In fact, Leak told Litwiller, "It is the BMV's hope that schools will continue offering driver's education, and it is the BMV's desire to make it as painless as possible for schools to offer this service to the community."
Litwiller added, "Regardless of any new requirements, public schools will not need to comply with them until the next school year."
The fall session of driver's training will begin in mid-November. It will cost $280 for a South Adams student and $300 for a non-South Adams student. South Adams students will receive first priority if the classes become full.
In property news, board members decided to have Litwiller start work on a brochure and/or flyer advertising the former elementary school property that is currently for sale. Steve Kreigh of GKB Enterprises rescinded the company's June 6 offer of $650,000 to purchase the property located across from the Muensterberg Plaza and Clock Tower in Berne.
The original offer was contingent upon a lease being signed with CVS. Because CVS indicated that its relocation was no longer a priority, the school corporation is back to square one in the process.
Board member Amy Orr mentioned at the August meeting that she would like to see the school corporation hire a professional to market the property in order to receive "top dollar." She compared selling the school property to selling a house. Orr noted that if a seller hires a realtor, he/she is more likely to receive closer to the asking price than if the house is sold by the owner.
The brochure/flyer will be distributed to regional brokers notifying the general public that the property is available for development. Litwiller noted that South Adams Schools' Attorney Tim Baker recommends that the brochure/flyer be developed with the basic information including acreage, zoning, location, access to utilities and contact information.
In other business, the board adopted the 2012 budget outlining $14,371,676 in spending.