Budget Cuts Could Cause TYC in Pyote to Close Earlier Than Planned

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NewsWest 9

PYOTE - Workers at the West Texas State School in Pyote might be getting their pink slips early.

There's a chance the campus for troubled youth could be shut down four months early.

It was supposed to close in August, but the Austin American Statesman reports that could be pushed to April, because of state budget cuts.

Closing early would save more than three million dollars. 

Either way, the Mayor of Monahans tells NewsWest 9, it will have an economic impact.

"That's one of the things we're concerned about, 50 to 60 jobs that translates into people who have kids in our school system and they trade in our stores. We're concerned about the human cost. The shame is the state, as is normal, picks on the place with the least population and says we'll just make the budget cuts out there," Monahans Mayor, David Cutbirth, said. 

The Mayor says, unfortunately, they don't have any say-so in what happens to the state school.

Their focus is trying to find jobs and a way to keep those workers in town.