- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Now that the Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has closed, the state Agency of Education says a nonprofit group will oversee outreach services for children who are deaf and hearing-impaired.

The Austine School, which opened in 1912, has seen declining enrollment over the past several decades as deaf and hard of hearing students typically were educated in their home districts. It closed earlier this month.

Vermont Public Radio reports (https://bit.ly/1rurBIG) the state-funded Nine East Network of Montpelier will handle outreach services. It serves about 600 students.

Until a few weeks ago, it was staffed by a statewide network of consultants working through the now-defunct Brattleboro center. Cindy Moran, Vermont’s special education director, says she hopes many of those consultants will transition to Nine East Network.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, https://www.vpr.net

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