A move to reverse the Iowa Department of Human Services order to close the Iowa Juvenile Home / State Training School for Girls in Toledo on Jan. 16, 2014, continued to gain momentum locally this week.
A social media Facebook page calling for keeping the facility open was over 8,900 members at News-Herald deadline.
On Wednesday The News-Herald asked the office of Governor Terry Branstad for comment on the local effort and received this response from Jimmy Centers, the Governor's press secrertary: "Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds believe the best interest of the youth resident of the Iowa Juvenile Home must come first. The governor and lt. governor agree with the independent task force that the youth residents would be best served through court-approved alternative placements. The state will continue to explore alternative uses for the campus in Toledo."
Iowa Juvenile HNome / State Training School for Girls campus in Toledo.
Meanwhile, a public informational meeting is scheduled for Thursday night, Dec. 18, at the South Tama High School gym.
State Senator Steve Sodders (D-State Center) and State Rep. Dean Fisher (R-Garwin) were slated to attend.
Web pages provide opportunities to comment on the closing.
- Facebook- KEEP?IJH?Open and a site-sites.google.com/site/keepijhopen/
The Chronicle-News-Herald website is updated with developments as they become available-