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April 29, 2014

State declines to fund Schools for Deaf and Blind project

ROMNEY, W.Va. — Although the West Virginia School Building Authority has declined to provide any funding to the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind to begin building new residential learning centers, SBA Executive Director Mark Manchin said construction plans are not ditched.

The 2014 proposal request was for $7.1 million with the WVSDB contributing another $750,000.

“I’m disappointed,” Lynn Boyer, superintendent, said.

Boyer said she had several conversations with Manchin last week and was prepared for the decision, but hoped, nevertheless, that a last-minute change would occur.

“That did not happen,” Boyer said in a letter sent to the leadership on the campus.

Boyer said Manchin encouraged the WVSDB to maintain its momentum to implement its Comprehensive Education Facilities Plan.

Manchin said in a phone interview Tuesday morning, “The plan to build is not ditched, just postponed pending funding.”

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