IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- The new leader of the Iowa School for the Deaf could have difficulty communicating with students.

The Iowa Board of Regents on Wednesday gave Iowa Braille School Superintendent Patrick Clancy the added responsibility of overseeing the Council Bluffs-based school for the deaf. Clancy replaces Superintendent Jeanne Prickett, who is leaving for a job in Florida.

The appointment came despite opposition from some students and parents, who noted Clancy does not know sign language.

Board President Craig Lang said having one administrator oversee both special schools will save $200,000 annually.

He says Clancy will be able to communicate with students through staff interpreters when he is on campus. Lang said he also checked with the school's accreditor, which advised him the qualification of knowing sign language is recommended but not mandatory.