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.