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September 23, 2014

After Closing of Austine School, Agency Selects Provider for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Following the abrupt closure of the Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the Agency of Education announced today that it has chosen Nine East Network to provide school-based and parent/infant programs for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

“It is critical that we ensure a smooth transition for these children and families,” said Director of Special Education Cindy Moran. “Susan Kimmerly of Nine East Network has stepped up to the plate at a critical time for these students, in order to ensure little interruption of expected and required educationally related consultation services.”

The announcement comes following the closure of the Austine School in Brattleboro, which also hosted the Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VCDHH). The VCDHH Board held an emergency meeting and voted to close on September 12. Once the Agency was notified, staff convened a group of stakeholders to develop a plan for continuation of these services.

As the grantor of the $862,000 in state funds, the Agency had to consider the following characteristics of the host provider:

• A provider of outreach services to students in grades K-12

• A connection to school-based speech/language pathology (SLP) services

• A knowledge base in special education

• A statewide presence

Nine East Network reached an agreement with the Agency on September 19 to take on the management of student services and employee contracts beginning October 20.

For more information on Nine East Network, go to: http://www.9east.net/.

For further information from the Agency, contact Jill Remick, Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs, at (802) 793-1319 or jill.remick@state.vt.us.

Source: Agency of Education
Last Updated at: September 23, 2014 14:55:00