"Inventory is being removed from the campus,"Amy Lorentzen McCoy, Iowa Department of Human Services public information officer confirmed to The Chronicle in an email on Monday afternoon, May 12.The facility has been closed since January.
Increased activity on the Toledo campus had been observed by passersby on Monday. In addition to the continued presence of a state trooper, other state cars and a flatbed trailer have been seen.
McCoy wrote "Records will be archived, and other items will be redistributed to state facilities. The physical plant will be properly maintained and secured while the state examines options for the campus."
Iowa Juvenile Home / State Training School for girls in Toledo.
The Juvenile Home / Training School was ordered closed on Jan. 15 by Governor Terry Branstad and the Department of Human Services citing information primarily from an investigation by the federally-funded Disability Rights Iowa attorney group.
They charged some students were subject to isolation rooms and provided with inadequate education in violation of their rights and, in some cases, illegally.
The students were placed in other locations upon closing of the facility and 93 employees were laid off.
A finding by a Polk County District Court Judge that the facility was improperly closed is before the Iowa Supreme Court on appeal filed by the Governor and Human Services and is yet to be heard.
The suit challenging the closing was filed by Democrat state lawmakers and Iowa AFSCME President Danny Homan.