HAMPSHIRE COUNTY, W. Va,--The Romney community says its ready to move forward after a recent decision by the West Virginia State Board of Education to keep the schools for the deaf and blind in Hampshire County.There is still a buzz among school officials after last week's announcement by the West Virginia Board of Education that the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind will stay in Romney.
"I announced it to my class, some of them were very excited, but myself personally, it was just a relief, after 10 months of feeling nervous all the time," says Bill Kesler, a teacher at West Virginia Schools for the Deaf & Blind.
After 10 months of uncertainty, the school community says they can finally start looking forward to the future.
"We are ready to upgrades to buildings, I think we are really ready to establish, neat working relationships with the community of Romney," says Donna Brown, a teacher at West Virginia Schools for the Deaf & Blind.
Superintendent Dr. Lynn Boyer says the facilities, which are more than 140 years old, need to be updated. Officials say some buildings need new roofs, ceilings, and walls. They also are looking to construct new buildings.
"We need to have services buildings, that are more centralized, that provide a lot of combined services," says Dr. Lynn Boyer, Superintendent of WV Schools for the Deaf & Blind.
Boyer also says, they need to buy new educational technology for the students."We don't have at the moment, building that easily accommodates, the most efficient technology, that our kids use everyday," says Boyer. "Of course, all kids in this century are very tech savvy and users consistently."
A plan to modernize a school, that has long been a part of this town's history.
School officials hope renovations will start within the next 2 years.