RD191 - Annual Executive Summary - The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind - 2015

Executive Summary:
The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (VSDB) is a state agency located in Staunton, Virginia. Per the Code of Virginia (§22.1-346), VSDB is established as the only state school for students with sensory impairments in the Commonwealth. VSDB serves students who are visually impaired or deaf/hard of hearing, including those students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/vision impaired, deaf-blind, and/or sensory impaired with other disabilities.

As established by the Code of Virginia (§ 22.1-346.2.), the VSDB Board of Visitors provides oversight of the school and residential programs. The Board is comprised of eleven members including two senators and two delegates. The Board meets quarterly to review and approve the operations of the school and the residential programs. The Superintendent maintains direct management of the agency and is accountable to the Board of Visitors.

With the 2014-15 school year, VSDB experienced new leadership at the agency level, school level, and at the residential program level. With a new perspective, leadership is reviewing student growth and academic success, and is working closely with DOE to implement change for improved student outcomes.