WSD invites Evers for opening of new facility

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Staff | September 4, 2013

DELAVAN — Students, school staff, and invited guests will join State School Superintendent Tony Evers at 10 a.m. Wednesday for a ribbon cutting ceremony to open Chesebro Hall, the new high school facility at the Wisconsin School for the Deaf (WSD) in Delavan.

The new building was named for the Chesebro family, who in 1852 petitioned with Wisconsin Legislature to establish a school for the deaf in Delavan. The new school was built to support computers, projectors, and other educational-based technology used in modern high schools, which was limited in the previous building. Chesebro Hall also accommodates the assistive technology used by students who are deaf or hard of hearing, including visual warning systems for fire, tornado, and other emergencies. The project was funded at $4.98 million in the 2011-13 state budget. Chesebro Hall replaces Walker Hall, which was constructed in 1911.

Alex Slappey, director for the school, will open Wednesday's 10 a.m. ceremony. Tom Harbison, an alumnus and longtime member of the Landmark Committee, will provide remarks about the naming of the new high school. Evers will begin his address at 10:15 a.m. with the ribbon cutting taking place at 10:20 a.m. A reception in the Chesebro Great Hall will be held from 10:30 to 10:45 a.m. Evers will tour the new building following the reception.

The Wisconsin School for the Deaf has operated continuously since its founding in 1852. It is part of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and last year served 194 students who are deaf or hard of hearing. WSD offers a dynamic curriculum designed to prepare students for college and careers. The school's current graduation rate is 100 percent, with 80 percent of graduates continuing their studies at two- or four-year colleges.

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