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NEWS RELEASES 2011-12

NEWS RELEASES 2011-12 :: SEPTEMBER 12, 2011

NCDPI SEEKS COMMENTS ON RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS FOR
DEAF AND BLIND STUDENTS

The NC Department of Public Instruction was directed by the 2011 General Assembly to make recommendations to close one residential school and consolidate services at the remaining two residential schools. The Department is required to report its recommendations to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee by Jan. 15, 2012.

The three current residential schools are:

  • the NC School for the Deaf (located in Morganton);
  • the Governor Morehead School for the Blind (located in Raleigh); and
  • the Eastern NC School for the Deaf (located in Wilson).

A total of approximately 220 students are served by the residential schools.

On June 1, 2011, the residential schools were transferred from the NC Department of Health and Human Services to the NC Department of Public Instruction. Shortly after, legislation was approved directing the Department to recommend the closure of one campus.

In order to help in the decision-making process, NCDPI leaders are seeking input from the public. North Carolinians are invited to take a brief online survey to provide their views and input on the decision to close a campus. The deadline to complete the survey is Sept. 30.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.