The New York State School for the Deaf in Rome is receiving $1.25 million in state funding to help pay for repairs to an aged portion of the school, State Senator Joe Griffo announced on Wednesday.

“The New York State School for the Deaf has been serving students from all over the state for 143 years, helping them excel academically and athletically, while also teaching them life skills that can better prepare them for a fulfilling future,” State Senator Joseph Griffo said via a news release sent to local media Wednesday after Griffo visited the school to announce the funding.

“The best way to provide the finest education possible is to ensure that these students can make the most of the school resources that are available, and that means improving their building to allow access to all the facility has to offer'', he said. ''The School for the Deaf has had a significant presence in our community for generations, and we hate to see such an important asset deteriorate any further. I am glad to have been able to secure this funding to maintain a safe educational environment for these students, their teachers and staff, and I look forward to the improvements that will help return this school to the structurally sound facility it once was.”

The money will be used to repair a leaking roof along with windows, electrical, heating and ventilation systems and other structural repairs, officials said.

photo courtesy of Senator Griffo's Office