According to Billy Lassiter, Director of Communications for the N.C. Department of Juvenile Justice, there is a possibility that Dobbs could close by September.
"In April, the N.C.
Senate passed a budget for the 2009/2010 fiscal year that would cut out funding for Dobbs School
The proposed cuts would not affect the Lenoir Youth Development Center
across the street from Dobbs
said the Senate's budget differed from the one recently proposed by Gov.
"There was money for Dobbs
in the governor's proposed budget," Lassiter
"Now we're waiting to see what the N.C.
House will propose in their version."
said once the House and Senate budget proposals were complete, a committee consisting of House and Senate members will form to mold the final budget proposal.
"After the House and Senate
reach an agreement on the budget, it will go to the governor's desk for approval or veto," Lassiter
stressed that nothing is concrete ... yet.
"At this point, closing the school is just a proposal," Lassiter
said if Dobbs
were to close, 51 of those employees would be let go.
"The other employees would probably be reassigned to similar facilities within the department," Lassiter