[nfb-talk] Proposal to Close Moore Head School for The Blind:
kenneth.chrane at verizon.net
Wed Jun 10 00:25:19 UTC 2009
GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
DRAFT SPECIAL PROVISION 2009-DHHS-H29
Department of Health and Human Services
Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
Requested by: Representative
OFFICE OF EDUCATION SERVICES/FUNDS TRANSFER AND CONSOLIDATION OFSCHOOLS.
SECTION 10.57B.(a) There is transferred from the Office of Education
Services Trust Fund, Budget Code 66424, the sum of one hundred seventy-five
thousand three hundred twenty-one dollars ($175,321) to the Office of
Education Services General Fund, Budget Code 14424. These funds shall be
used to support the operations of the North Carolina School for the Deaf at
Morganton, Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf at Wilson, and
Governor Morehead School for the Blind. Donations and bequests to these
schools shall be used in accordance with their designated purpose.
SECTION 10.57B.(b) The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of
Education Services (OES) shall not enroll new students at the Governor
Morehead School for the Blind during the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 school
years. During these years, the Office of Education Services shall allow the
census to decline and prepare to close the Governor Morehead School for the
SECTION 10.57B.(c) OES shall develop a plan for the consolidation of the
Governor Morehead School for the Blind (GMS) at the existing campuses of the
North Carolina School for the Deaf at Morganton (NCSD) and the Eastern North
Carolina School for the Deaf at Wilson (ENCSD). Within the GMs consolidation
plan, OES shall accomplish all of the following:
(1) Determine the number of current students enrolled at GMS that would
require continued residential instruction, and the number of students that
could be more appropriately served within their area local education
(2) Require GMS school staff to work in conjunction with LEAs and others to
revise individualized educational plans for each student, as needed, and
prepare a transition plan for every student.
(3) Collaborate with the Department of Public Instruction and affected LEAs
to identify additional LEA resource requirements to appropriately educate
transitioning GMS students.
(4) Prepare a budget for the consolidated residential schools for students
who are deaf, blind, or deaf-blind, which itemizes instructional,
residential, and other personnel requirements, operating requirements, and
improvements to the campuses.
(5) Provide a specific timeline for the closure and transitioning of
students currently enrolled at GMS.
(6) Identify alternative instructional and operational models to improve the
quality of instruction at the consolidated residential schools, and to
improve the capacities of LEAs to educate students who are deaf, blind, or
Not later than May 1, 2010, OES shall report on each of the required
components of the consolidation plan set forth in subdivisions (1) through
(6) of this subsection to the House of Representatives Appropriations
Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, the Senate Appropriations
Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, and the Fiscal Research Division.
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