COLUMBIA — The Moog School of Columbia, which for 10 years served young children who are deaf and hard of hearing, closed today.
Leaders at the Moog Center for Deaf Education in St. Louis decided to close the Columbia location following the start of a new early childhood program for hearing-impaired children directed by Columbia Public Schools, said Judy Harper, director of the Moog School of Columbia.
“The Moog Center in St. Louis determined that this area really was not big enough to have two hearing-impaired programs,” Harper said. “Based on that, they decided to close the Moog School in Columbia.”
The Moog School of Columbia served mid-Missouri since 2001 as a satellite of the Moog Center for Deaf Education in St. Louis. The school worked to help students learn to talk and master other skills typically taught in preschool classrooms.
Three teachers and several students from the school will transfer to the new program.
“We feel that this will be a positive transition for our students as well as our teachers,” Harper said.