The South Dakota School for the Deaf might end up closing even after lawmakers voted to save the campus. The Sioux Falls school is down to just 16 students for the fall. The Sioux Falls school is down to just 30 and expected to drop to 16 students for the fall after administrators gave up its auditory-oral program to Brandon Valley Board of Education. Those students will attend the new Fred Assam Elementary School. The deaf school will focus on the 400 mainstreamed students it supports.