KS Schools for the Blind and Deaf escape budget ax

A task force looking to close state facilities voted against closing or merging the Kansas School for the Deaf and School for the Blind today.

Instead, the two schools will focus on cutting costs at their present locations.

The task force, charged with saving the state money by streamlining operations at state facilities, had considered merging the two schools. But members determined that building a new facility for both schools - or expanding one to house both - would be more expensive than the status quo.

"We were charged to look at whether there were savings there," said Rochelle Chronister, chairwoman of the Facilities Closure and Realignment Commission. "If you don't have the savings, then it doesn't make sense."

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