For Colo-NESCO parents who might need to find time to take their child to the DOT to test for an instructional driving permit, your worries have ceased.


The Colo-NESCO School District has been approved by the Iowa Department of Transportation to administer the driver’s instruction permit to its students. Any Colo-NESCO student 13 1/2 years or older will now be permitted to take the test through the district, through a program called “Skip the Trip.”


“By being able to proctor the test for students on site, it is a benefit for the district since contact time is lost when students leave to go take the test at the DOT licensing site,” said Colo-NESCO Superintendent Jim Walker. “We are excited about being able to provide this service for students and parents.”


Skip the Trip allows students to take the web-based knowledge test that is required to obtain a driver’s instruction permit at a participating school or agency instead of making the trip to an Iowa DOT or local county treasurer’s office to complete the test. This allows students to take the test in a familiar and comfortable environment and saves parents and students time away from work or school by potentially reducing the number of trips to the Iowa DOT or local county treasurer’s office.


Students who pass the knowledge test at their school will be sent an email verifying their passing results, which can be taken to any county or state location in Iowa that issues driver’s licenses, along with other required documentation to prove their identity.


Walker said the program was open to all districts in the state and Colo-NESCO applied as a district to provide the service. Walker estimates that Skip the Trip will benefit about 30 to 35 students a year in the district.


Mike Boeve, the district’s instructional coach and 5-12 At Risk counselor; Brandon Kelley, high school principal; and Jim Walker are approved as proctors for Colo-NESCO students so that they do not have to travel to the licensing site to take the test. Mike Boeve will be the primary proctor, as he workes with all students in a variety of ways. “It was thought he would be the perfect person to connect with them on getting their learner’s permit,” Walker said.


Brandon Kelley and Jim Walker as alternates if Mike is not available. Kelley and Walker would also be available during the summer months to administer the test.


If a Colo-NESCO parent would like the district to administer the driver’s instruction permit to their child, please contact Mike Boeve at 641-377-2282 or email him at mboeve@colo-nesco.k12.ia.us.