CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) approved a resolution during its monthly meeting in Charleston to keep the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (WVSDB) in Romney, West Virginia.
“The state board visited the Schools for the Deaf and the Blind last month and it became very obvious to us that the community of Romney is the right place for the schools and the students,” said Board President Gayle Manchin. “The care shown by the Romney citizens for every individual student and adult associated with the schools provides the underlying strength and fiber for the backbone of support necessary for the success of the overall mission of the schools.”
The resolution notes that the current location is critical to both the welfare of the students and to the overall vitality of the town of Romney, and the Romney community understands and respects the special characteristics of the learners.
Earlier this year, the state board began discussions as to whether the Romney location was the most effective and efficient location for the specialized school. A facilities plan developed by the WVBE, the WVSDB and the West Virginia School Building Authority resulted in a potential renovation price tag in excess of $100 million. As an alternative, Superintendent of the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind Lynn Boyer has developed a plan to include various stakeholders, the community, legislators and others to modernize programs and facilities at the school.
For more information, contact Liza Cordeiro at the WVDE Communication Office at (304) 807-6988.