Charles Roller becomes Principal of the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind

Roller suspended operations at the academy for the academic year of 1883-1884 after his appointment as Principal of the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind in Staunton on 10 January 1883. He had served on the Board of Visitors of VSDB during the same time as his service in the State legislature. Roller was politically aligned with the “Readjuster Movement” in Virginia which was centered on the handling of the state’s debt. His assignment to VSDB was a political appointment and his removal from VSDB just a year later was also a political decision. It is believed that his brother, Dr. Hugh Sheffey Roller, managed the school for the last few months of the 1882-83 school term. Sheffey, an educator himself, was later to become superintendent of public schools in Augusta County. Their brother, Courtney, also involved in education, was then a board member of the Middle River District School Board. Charles Roller resumed operations of Augusta Male Academy 24 September 1884.

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