Tulsa lawmaker wants juvenile center torn down if it closes

BY JULIE BISBEE Modified: December 1, 2010 at 4:03 pm •  Published: January 3, 2010

/> This past session, lawmakers authorized spending nearly a $1 million to tear down the Hissom facility.

Hissom includes 40 buildings on 150 acres.

The local economic development authority can sell or rent the area, but has had difficulty finding uses for the land.

"There needs to be a requirement that land be returned to its original state,” Lamons said.

"The state needs to have a remediation plan in place.”

Lamons said he has not received any definite information about plans to close Rader.

Lamons’ other piece of legislation to keep Sand Springs Public Schools from having too many teachers.

Teachers who work at Rader are employees of the Sand Springs School District under a contract to provide staffing at the juvenile facility.

If the center closed, 30 teachers at Rader could go to other district sites, said superintendent Lloyd Snow.

"We would have to figure out how to absorb them,” Snow said.

"We’re just looking to get some relief if that were to happen.”

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