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July 8, 2014

Starpoint eyes hosting defensive driving class

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — PENDLETON — Starpoint School District's community education department could offer a defensive driving class for those needing to reduce points on their driver's licenses next year.

David Schopf, Starpoint's director of community education, said he has been working with the Town of Pendleton to explore the possibility of offering the program at Starpoint, similar to other community enrichment classes.

In local courts, defensive driving classes are often ordered for those with moving violations on their licenses.

“It's possible we could set up a course next summer,” Schopf said at Tuesday's board of education meeting. “It's in the works right now, but nothing is official yet.”

Schopf said a percentage of the registration fees from students could go to the district if the course is offered through the community education program.

In other business, the school board accepted a donation of work, valued at $5,500, to renovate the high school shotput area. The donation is from district resident Robert Wray and his wife, owners of Chameleon Pools and Concrete.

Other parts of the district's athletic field need work done as well, athletic director Tom Sarkovics said, including the area where discus events currently are practiced.

“What we have now is a cage like what you'd see in a baseball backstop,” Sarkovics said. “If a student lets go of the discus prematurely, and it happens, it can hit the fence and bounce right back at them."

Sarkovics suggested replacing the backstop with netting, a solution that he said would be inexpensive and would prevent the possibility of a discus bouncing and injuring an athlete.

“We're just talking about safety precautions,” Sarkovics said.  

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