3 Campuses For Deaf, Blind Stay In State Schools Plan

North Carolina public school officials have decided a school for the blind should no longer be freestanding, while empty space on the campus and the two other schools for the deaf could be leased out to save money.

State schools Superintendent June Atkinson announced Monday the decisions of her department on what to do with the state's residential schools for the blind and deaf. The three schools enroll about 200 students but have budgets of $22 million.

The plan would close the Governor Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh, but students would remain there as a satellite campus of the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf in Wilson. The two schools would merge administration and programs.

The North Carolina School for the Deaf in Morganton would remain.

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  • by Donna on Nov 22, 2011 at 01:00 PM
    While I have no interaction with any of these schools, it is a relief to hear they will remain open. Where else can these special children go & get the proper education that is designed for their needs while making them feel a sense of belonging? It certainly isn't the traditional public schools. that's for sure.
  • by quality of education? on Nov 22, 2011 at 06:30 AM
    Maybe the state should look more carefully on what we get for our taxes. It costs around $80,000 per student per year at the Wilson school yet most of the "graduates" cannot read enough to be employed so they end up on SSI and welfare for the rest of their lives. The quality of education there is poor, the abuses are high, and the costs are sky high...is this what we all want?
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      by uh on Nov 22, 2011 at 09:00 AM in reply to quality of education?
      I would be interested in some statistics that substantiate the claims that you are making here.
  • by Shirley Location: Farmville on Nov 22, 2011 at 03:54 AM
    As the child of two deaf parents, my family had been heavily involved in petitioning and attending forums to try to keep the deaf schools open. In my opinion, this was the right thing to do. The Morehead school had almost double the unused space than the other two schools. I am proud of the deaf and blind community because we remained as united as we could as the state government pitted us against each other.

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