As I said Saturday, WOW! What a great turn out! I want to personally thank everyone that took time out of their busy schedule to come out and show their support for the Crockett State School. By all estimates, there were close to 1,000 in attendance, by far the most attendees of any community that has hosted a TYC community meeting.
As you know, the State of Texas is requiring closure of three of their ten State School facilities by September 1, 2011. This was the fourth informational community meeting held by the Texas Youth Commission staff, which means there are six more to go. At this time, no one really knows which facilities will remain open and which will close. But safe to say, the citizens of Crockett and Houston County made a huge showing and that most certainly will count for something. I truly don't know what else we could have done to make the day any more special.
I want to thank Executive Director Cherie Townsend and Board Chair Scott Fisher for taking the time to consider each and every community. I could tell from my conversation with them that they don't take their task lightly. Let's continue to keep all those involved in the decision making process in our prayers as we look forward to the day when the announcement is made-"Crockett State School To Remain Open!"