Citizens plan extravaganza to show TYC Crockett
needs its state school to stay open
Houston County Courier
Cherie Townsend, executive director of the Texas Youth Commission, will be in Crockett next weekend to hear the thoughts and feelings Houston County and Crockett in particular have with regards to Crockett State School. A group of Houston County citizens is taking a stand for keeping Crockett State School open.They emphatically say “No” to closing the school, and they intend for Townsend to hear their message. Townsend will be conducting a community-town hall meeting from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the commons area at Crockett High School on Saturday, April 9. As reported in the Thursday, March 31 Courier, TYC is planning to close up to three residential facilities due to the state budget shortfall and reduced youth populations. The agency has a list of 10 schools being considered for closure. Crockett State School is on that list. A major factor in deciding which of the 10 schools will close is community support, according to city and county officials. This passionate group of citizens has organized a community-wide event in conjunction with the community-town hall meeting. They put their creative heads together to form a plan they hope will draw more concerned citizens to theTYC community-town hall meeting. With the knowledge that everyone likes free food, good singing, free gifts, baking contests, the excitement of a fire engine and a balloon launch, organizers’ thoughts and ideas exploded into plans for a morning of excitement at Crockett High School for the supporters of Crockett State School. At the top of the list, everyone can enjoy a free, old-fashioned hamburger with all the trimmings at a booth sponsored by Precinct 4 County Commissioner Kennon Kellum and other members of the Commissioner’s Court.