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City of Crockett look at transferring state school to General Land Office

Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff

After sitting vacant for several years, the City of Crockett is looking at transferring ownership of the former state school facility to the State's General Land Office.

Crockett City Manager Sean Hutchinson confirmed that the council on Monday went into executive session and then notified the public that they were inquiring with the office in Austin about the possibility.

Hutchinson said details were limited right now. He expects to have a better idea of what the next step will be after the economic development Corporation meet with counsel on May 2.

In 2012, after more than 60 years, the Crockett State School closed its doors, displacing more than 280 workers and 111 delinquent youth.
The school was one of three closed by the Texas Youth Commission at the time of the closure, former Houston County Judge Lonnie Hunt said. Without the school, the county lost close to $40 million dollars and more than 500 jobs would be impacted in some way by the decision.

In 2014, the city of Crockett and Houston County partnered with Conerstone Programs to transform the old Crockett State School to a new juvenile treatment facility.

However, the facility never got off the ground after state senators blocked the move.

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