Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind

The Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind Foundation has received a one million dollar gift from an anonymous donor.

The Gadsden Times reports the gift received Monday will be used to develop a new agriculture center. The center will focus on giving students hands-on training to help them develop skills related to agriculture.

The center will be located on 20-plus acres behind the Helen Keller School.

A screening committee has picked three finalists for the presidency of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind.

Trustees will interview John Mascia, a vice president at the school; Larry Taub, an administrator at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf; and Tyrone Yarbrough, superintendent of the Department of Youth Services school at Mt. Meigs.

The institute says the interviews will be conducted Dec. 3 on the campus in Talladega. / Alabama Institute For Deaf and Blind

The president of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind plans to retire next year.

Terry Graham says he will step down as head of the state-sponsored school in Talladega on Feb. 1.

Graham has been at the school for 35 years, and he served as president for the last decade. Before that he was as an administrator at the Helen Keller School and in Health, Evaluation and Outreach programs.

Board chairman Lynwood French says trustees will conduct a search for a successor.

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