An outcry of support for those hard of hearing, or deaf in Iowa. They do not want the Iowa School for the Deaf to leave Council Bluffs.
The Iowa School for the Deaf is at a crossroads. A feasibility study is being done to see if it should stay in Council Bluffs or be moved elsewhere...
Hundreds of people packed the Lied Multipurpose Complex on campus on Monday night. Many deaf or hard of hearing folks spoke in support of keeping the school because of how it's improved so many lives, and will continue in the future.
A committee has been formed to look at how to have effective and efficient services for the deaf as well as the blind. They could decide to consolidate the school with the Iowa Braille School in Vinton, consolidate in Council Bluffs, or they could move the campus to a central location like Des Moines.
Superintendent of the Iowa School for the Deaf, Patrick Clancy, "I hate to speculate because I want to make sure the committee to have the right and responsibility that they’ve been charged to do, but I think that Iowa School for the Deaf will serve a vital role in the Council Bluffs in the state in the future."
A final decision should be made by the winter.