The Stanly County School Board has approved a one-year contract with the NC Driving School to manage all driver education services for Stanly County schools.
The company, which has offices in Gastonia and Winterville and provides services to 41 public school systems statewide, would begin working for the school system on July 1, according to CFO Terry Dudney.
The other three bidders the school system looked at were Metrolina Driving Academy and WatsOnWheels Driver’s Education, both located in Concord, and Jordan Driving School of the Carolinas in Vanceboro.
The NC driving school costs $ 220 per student, but Dudney said, based on their vast client base and personal knowledge of the business, “I think they would do very well for the County School system. Stanly. “
“I’ve always worked very well with them from a financial agent’s perspective,” Dudney said of his time working with NC Driving School during his previous job as CFO of Columbus County schools.
Although Metrolina offered a price of less than $ 185 per student, it was concerning that they had never worked with a school system, Superintendent Jarrod Dennis said.
NC Driving School was rated 3.3 out of 5 stars on its Facebook page, based on 16 reviews, and 1.9 out of 5 stars, based on 23 reviews, on Google.
The decision to hire a new company comes after the Marvin Smith Driving School in Albemarle, which has run all driver training services with SCS for 20 years, recently informed the school system that after May it would not would no longer provide its services.
According to a document sent to The Stanly News & Press by Marvin Smith, owner of the driving school, the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting restrictions caused financial losses for his company in the contract with SCS.
The contract with Marvin Smith ends on May 19.