Thursday November 21, 1985

Cedar Rapids Gazette
Thursday, November 21, 1985

Vinton forces rally to keep
blind school in community

By Regina Huelman
Gazette correspondent

VINTON — A Vinton organization is leading the fight to keep the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School in Vinton.  

     Members of Vinton Unlimited, a year-old organization comprised of the former Chamber of Commerce and local development groups, met in closed session Monday night with local officials to discuss strategy for keeping the state institution in Vinton.

     Gov. Terry Branstad has recommended that the State Board of Regents study a proposed merger of the Braille school with the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs.

     A nine-member, action committee was appointed Monday night to draw up a position paper. That paper will be presented at a public meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Tilford Middle School auditorium. The group then plans to submit the position paper to the governor.

     "It is necessary for the economy of our community and county that we make a valiant effort to keep the school here,” said Norm Cruse of Vinton Unlimited. Closing the school would mean the loss of about 100 jobs and a $1.9 million payroll.