Two RSU 39 employees, with help from the Northern Maine Development Commission Business Finance Division, have started a side business, Aroostook Driving School LLC, to meet a demand in the region. 

Two private driving schools have operated in Caribou since 1993, the year driver’s education was removed from the curriculum at Caribou High School.

One of the two current providers is retiring, which means an opportunity for Ryan Deprey and Todd Albert to start Aroostook Driving School.

The ribbon cutting for Aroostook Driving School in Caribou located at the Caribou Middle School was held Friday, August 19.  Ryan Deprey, Todd Albert, NMDC's Josh Nadeau and Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce director Theresa Fowler are pictured below.

Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce

NMDC Small Business Development Center counselor Josh Nadeau said both Deprey and Albert are well known in the community and have a great reputation.

"Ryan is a physical education teacher and Todd serves as Athletic Director,” added Nadeau. “Ryan also coaches Varsity Girls’ basketball at Caribou High School, while Todd coaches Varsity Girls’ soccer. Combined, the two have worked 37 years in education. Handling a classroom and working with kids is something these two gentleman know very well how to do.”

The new business also received a loan from NMDC. Loan Officer David Spooner says their business finance department and Small Business Development Center were utilized in the planning and financing process of the business start-up.

Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce

The Aroostook Driving School will be offering classes throughout the year.  Students and adults can register by contacting Deprey at 207-551-6181, or Albert at 207-227-0227. The school can also be reached by email at aroostookdrivingschool@yahoo.com and through messaging their Facebook page.

Deprey says they plan to offer a reduced rate to students on the honor roll. Classes will be held at the middle school in Caribou and are open to all local surrounding towns.