A Texas city has opted to close all seven of its schools and build one complex that officials are calling a “Juvenile Retention and Education Center.”
Citing budget cutbacks, the city of Altruria is in the process of building a $400 million holding facility which will house the area’s students. Once completed, all of the school buildings will be torn down; buildings some of which were built just three years ago.
Officials say that the students will then be transferred to the new facility where they will be held for 10 hours each day and will focus on memorizing and learning only administrator approved material.
George Perry, a member of the Altruria school bureau stated “this is a win-win solution for everyone. The children get a new school, the local economy is stimulated and prospers by the new construction and destruction of the old buildings, and by housing them all together we can save even more money by reducing the number of teachers needed. The money saved will allow us to better protect the children by hiring guards. It also has the added bonus of keeping troublemakers off the streets once we implement our after-school program for those who act out.”
Jane Alred, a mother of two, is in support of the measure stating “this will help prepare and condition my children for their future.”
City officials don’t intend to let those lots where the old schools stood go to waste either. They intend to offer economic incentives for mega corporations to develop in the city by giving the companies 10 year tax exemptions, subsidized loans, area monopolies on certain services, and government contracts.
The facility is scheduled for completion by the middle of 2014. City council member Bert Johnson’s contracting and construction company will oversee the building of the complex.
By: George M. Spooner
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