Ground broken for new deaf elementary school

DANVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Officials held a ceremonial ground breaking for a new elementary school at the Kentucky School for the Deaf (KSD) in Danville Tuesday.

The new building, designed with the needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing students in mind, includes classrooms, a multi-purpose room, a small kitchen area and dorms.

“Every square foot of this new building is designed around the safety and instruction of students – from the way the rooms are designed to the way the mechanical systems are integrated,” Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt said.

KSD serves about 100 deaf and hard-of-hearing students from preschool through grade 12 on its campus. Students come from throughout Kentucky to attend.

The old elementary facility, Walker Hall, was built in the 1970's and was closed in 2016. $6 million was set aside by Kentucky's general state fund to fund the school's construction.

Construction is expected to complete in December.

“No longer will our youngest students have to leave the building to eat or attend classes. That will save instructional time,” Pruitt said. “This new building will allow us to segregate the youngest students from the older ones. However, most importantly, it will provide our youngest deaf and hard of hearing students and their teachers with an environment that is conducive to excellent teaching and learning. Our students deserve this. And now they will have it.”

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