Saturday, January 31, 2009

High School graduate was appointed to be member of the board of school for the blind

A 1980 Cooper High School graduate is among three people appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Governing Board of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Bobby Druesedow, of Aldeo, will serve on the board until at least January 2013.

Druesedow, who is blind, works as the employment assistance specialist for the Division for Blind Services at the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, and is a member of the Texas Rehab Action Network. He also has taught at TSBVI as a certified teacher for the visually impaired.

In his new role, Druesedow, along with 10 other board members, will help oversee TSBVI services such as budget preparation, policy adoption and the appointment of the superintendent.

Located in Austin, TSBVI is a public school that helps visually impaired students ages 6 through 21 gain specialized education and participate in extracurricular activities.

Perry also appointed Michael E. Garrett, of Missouri City, and Cindy Phillips Finley, of Lubbock, to serve on the TSBVI board.

Druesedow was born in Haskell and grew up in Abilene, where he played football at Austin Elementary School, rode bulls at Austin Junior High School and marched in the Cooper High School band before graduating in 1980. He later received a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University.


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