Wilson Students, Parents Plead For School To Be Saved

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

More than 300 people packed a meeting Thursday night in Wilson to save their school.

The Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf in Wilson is on the chopping block, along with other schools for the deaf and blind in Raleigh and Morganton. One of the schools will have to close next year due to state budget cuts. Students and parents in Wilson Thursday told touching stories about the school allowing students to thrive- not struggle.

There's one more public hearing in Raleigh, then a panel studying the issue will make a recommendation to the state board of education- which will make its recommendation to the general assembly by mid January.


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  • by Nesmuth Location: http://eyefirevlogs.com/eyefire2/ on Sep 23, 2011 at 08:47 AM
    Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which covers public entities like government bodies and business like public schools is responsible for making all public schools accessible to people with hearing disabilities so they don't have to go to costly specialized education programs for the deaf. Its high time we make all public schools accessible to deaf people so we can eliminate the need for pricey deaf schools. Society needs to come to their common sense and parents need to start being their deaf children's advocates by making their nearest public schools accessible to deaf students. Don't forget the newer deaf generations are being raised with new technology that makes them readily interfaceble with their hearing peers and the costs of accommodating these are far less than the costs of accommodating the "Generation X" deafies for which these expensive schools are designed for. The new deaf generations can attend and succeed at the same schools as their hearing peers with very little accommodations.
  • by DFW Location: Wilson on Sep 23, 2011 at 07:28 AM
    How much does it cost to educate students at the N.C. School of Science and Math and N.C. School of the Arts? These students are normal without special needs. They can go to public schools in their hometowns and take advanced courses there. Why do they need special schools awsy from home?
  • by mwk Location: beulaville, n.c. on Sep 23, 2011 at 04:03 AM
    needless to say you do not support the students! there is no such thing as fair and equal when it comes to a deaf child and a hearing one. if you care about the children you would not bus them so far from home.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 23, 2011 at 12:38 AM
    This school has a budget of $10 million. With 300 students, that is over $33,000 per pupil, per year. North Carolina spends about $8,000 per pupil, per year on the rest of the students in the state. As much as I support the students at the school, why are they given 4 times the resources of everyone else? This isn't fair at all, and since everything has to be "fair and equal" in today's society, merging the schools makes fiscal sense.
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      by DFW on Sep 23, 2011 at 07:33 AM in reply to
      How much does it cost the hearing students to go to N.C. School of Science and Math and N.C. School of Arts? These students don't have special needs or disabilities. They can go to public schools in their hometowns and take advanced courses there. Students with disabilities didn't ask to be born with disabilities nor become disabled. They need special accommodations to help them become more independent and productive. The "normal" society needs to be more sensitive and passionate to students and people with disabilities. They need to put themselves in other people's shoes. Some of them will eventually become disabled by illness, accident or chronic health conditions.
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        by huh? on Sep 23, 2011 at 07:13 PM in reply to DFW
        How can society ever become more sensitive to the deaf if they are kept locked away from their families and communities in separate schools that have lower standards? ENCSD is a huge waste of money and has cheated generations of students out of any real education. Taxpayers will save millions of dollars by letting it close.
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      by check the numbers on Sep 23, 2011 at 07:08 PM in reply to
      300 people showed up to the meeting but the school has less than 100 students and costs more than 10 million per year. See the State Auditor's report on ENCSD. Currently it costs more than $100,000 per student per year in Wilson. Most of that goes to the salary of the staff-who still are not required to be fluent in sign language of the students. Although so much money is spent there, most of the students "graduate" and are functionally illiterate and un-employable. Given the history of waste, abuse, racial issues, and poor results closing this school is long overdue.
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