STAR Academy Auction To Be Held Despite Lawmaker Concerns

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) – The auction of a former state-run juvenile corrections facility near Custer is going on as scheduled, despite protests from some lawmakers.

The State Treatment and Rehabilitation Academy closed in April 2016 because of a significant drop in the number of juveniles being sent there by the courts.

A group of South Dakota lawmakers on Tuesday asked Gov. Dennis Daugaard to postpone Wednesday’s scheduled sale, saying more time should be dedicated to finding the best use for the property.

Daugaard’s chief of staff told the Rapid City Journal that the governor refused the request. Tony Venhuizen said the state no longer needs the STAR Academy property, and it costs more than $500,000 a year to maintain.

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