Newport, NH plans to bring back driver education classes

Obtaining a driver’s license can be fraught with challenges, from merging onto the highway to mastering the dreaded parallel parking.

Teens in Newport have an additional obstacle to overcome in their pursuit of independence on the road: getting into a driver education class.

That task is about to get easier. After a hiatus of several years, driver education courses are returning to Newport High School in the coming months. School administrators are finalizing the details of a new program that will be offered in the evenings. No firm startup date has been set, but Newport Middle High School Principal Shannon Martin said classes should begin within the current school year.