ISD Remains Open, May Grow

By: Gary Smollen Email
By: Gary Smollen Email

The Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs has been helping deaf and hard of hearing students for nearly 150 years but it was in danger of being closed.

But a report, recently made public, could change everything. Now the school may actually be growing.

The families of students being served by the Iowa School for the Deaf relieved. It looks like the school will stay open. The school had been on a list of potential cuts to the education budget but in the end it was determined the school is too valuable to the students and the families that it serves.

John Isaacson knows just how valuable the Iowa School for the Deaf is, he was mainstreamed until part way through his freshman year.

But he was mainstreamed in name only.

Through an interpreter John Isaacson says, "I was not very involved at all; I was shy, I wasn't very active in class, I did not participate."

Now John is getting the full high school experience. But the idea behind the Iowa School for the Deaf is one on one instruction; making sure the student thrives.

Soon the school will be adding to its programs.

Patrick Clancy says, "It will still have the strong residential program but we will add a regional based program who are blind and visually impaired to this campus as well."

The recommendations will be forwarded to the board of education next month; action on those recommendations is expected in February of next year.

There is one more step after the Board of Education; that is approval of the Iowa Legislature. There is no timetable on when the Appropriations Committee would consider the bill.

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