Check for $295,200 Helps Begin Residential Youth Offender Facility in Nash
Establishment of a residential youth offender facility in Nash got kicked off Thursday (August 17) with a check presentation of $295,200.
The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Department presented the check to cooperating agencies at a ceremony held in Nash, located 25 miles north of Enid in northern Oklahoma.
The $295,000 check includes a $50,000 grant along with a loan of $245,200 to establish an 18-bed facility for male youth offenders at the old school building in Nash. The school was closed when Jet-Nash schools became part of the Timberlake district.
Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford will operate the residential program with coordination through the state Office of Juvenile Affairs. Other cooperating agencies are the Nash Economic Development Authority and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.
SWOSU currently operates five of Oklahoma’s 15 youth facilities under the direction of OJA. SWOSU President John Hays said the cooperating agencies have been working on the Nash project for nearly three years. The Nash location will become the new home of the site currently housed in Enid. The new location will provide residents with immediate access to a gymnasium, baseball field and eventually a ropes course. Director is Todd Chambers.
SWOSU will assist with the town’s renovation project. SWOSU Physical Plant Director Rick Skinner said work will begin sometime in the next 30 to 60 days in hope of opening the facility in early 2007. Total cost of the project is estimated to be over $400,000.
Brent Kisling, state director of the USDA Rural Development office, said the $245,200 grant and loan were made possible through the USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities Program.
SWOSU began its partnership with OJA in 1995 with the Foss Lake Adventure Program and has expanded other programs to Crowder Lake (located south of Weatherford), Lawton, Enid and Lake Tenkiller.