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ANNOUNCEMENT: Students of closed driving school still eligible to complete curriculum  ANNOUNCEMENT: Students of closed driving school still eligible to complete curriculum - Thursday, January 3, 2019

Harder Performance Driving School abruptly closed their doors December 2018.

Please see that enclosed press release for more information.

QUESTIONS contact the Medical/Vision Unit at (785) 368-8971


Commercial Driving Schools

The Mission of Driver Education (Commercial Schools):
Driver education, provided by Commercial schools, prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices to insure personal safety to self and others on the road.

To Accomplish this Mission (offered by Commercial schools or Unified school districts):
Driver education courses are often more comprehensive and efficient than learning on your own or from a biased family member who may or may not have “good driving habits”. Driver education courses teach everything from the basics of traffic laws and traffic signs to defensive driving strategies. Endorsed driving instructor will teach the importance of Safety in addition to modeling good driving etiquette and providing experienced instruction. Instructors reinforce best practices – such as distraction-free driving, no texting, mandatory seat belt laws, and defensive driving habits. Many professions involve driving a vehicle to/from work or on the job. For this reason, it is the goal of driver education courses to put courteous, safety conscience, competent drivers behind the wheel.  

Commercial Driving School Resources

Robyn Meinholdt
Public Service Administrator
Driver Education
Teacher Licensure & Accreditation
(785) 296-3379


Director of Teacher Licensure & Accreditation
Mischel Miller

Assistant Director of Teacher Licensure & Accreditation
Susan Helbert

Kansas State Department of Education | LANDON STATE OFFICE BUILDING | 900 SW JACKSON STREET, SUITE 106 | TOPEKA, KS 66612

Deputy Commissioner
Division of Learning Services
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303

Career, Standards and Assessment

Scott Smith
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education

Stacy Smith
(785) 296-0979

Assistant Director

Branden Johnson
(785) 296-2078

Assistant Director
Beth Fultz
(785) 296-2325

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