NEWS RELEASES 2011-12 :: NOVEMBER 18, 2011


State Superintendent June Atkinson will hold a news conference on Monday, Nov. 21, at 4 p.m., to discuss the Department of Public Instruction's (NCDPI) response to NC Session Law 2011-145 7.25(a) NCDPI Report to the General Assembly on the Closure of a Residential School Campus.

The news conference will be held in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh. It will be audio streamed for those who cannot attend. To listen in, please go online to and click on the Live Audio Streams Link.

On June 1, the residential schools were transferred from the NC Department of Health and Human Services to the NCDPI. Shortly thereafter, legislation was signed directing the Department to recommend the closure of one campus and consolidate services at the remaining two residential schools. The Department is required to report these recommendations to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee by Jan. 15, 2012. Effective July 1, 2012, the NCDPI will carry out the closure and consolidation described in the report.

The three residential schools are the NC School for the Deaf (Morganton), the Governor Morehead School for the Blind (Raleigh), and the Eastern NC School for the Deaf (Wilson). The residential schools serve approximately 220 students.

Atkinson will present the Department's report to the State Board of Education at its Dec. 1 Board meeting. Questions should be directed to the Department's Communications division at 919.807.3450.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.