VSDB Amendment

By: Meryl Conant
By: Meryl Conant

The movement to keep the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind in Staunton has come upon a speed bump in the form of funding.

A bill on the Governor's desk right now would consolidate the schools in Staunton and give a specific non-profit the right to take over the school's services in Hampton.

The Governor proposed an amendment which would open that door to any non-profit or public group.

However, the House of Delegates has rejected that amendment.

Delegate Chris Saxman said that's because it did not include a key clause which would have guaranteed funding for the consolidation.

"I was very conflicted about opposing the legislation because I wanted to go forward, but there is a certain point where you say this has to go forward in the right manner to make sure the citizens and constituents served by these schools will get the best services," he explained.

The Governor's office says eliminating the clause actually helps the bill by giving them more flexibility and assurances of funding.

The Governor now has thirty days to consider the original bill.

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